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Descriptive titling

Postby Jack Saladin » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:29 am UTC

I've noticed this happening slightly more than usual recently: some of you have a habit of just using some witty one-liner, or similarly unhelpful line, as the title for your threads. That can be okay in General, but here it doesn't really fly. At least giving some idea of what your thread is about, along with your razor-sharp quip would be better.

This isn't a particularly pressing problem by any means, but keep it in mind when making threads in N&A. It helps cut down reposts, and makes it easier for people to skim titles and see what they're interested in.

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My dog has no nose. Then how does he smell?

Postby 4=5 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:20 am UTC

If it's really witty can we keep it? Say at the level of the terribly funny joke from Monty Python?

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Robin S » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:15 am UTC

4=5 wrote:If it's really witty can we keep it?
Fearbears?! wrote:At least giving some idea of what your thread is about, along with your razor-sharp quip would be better.
Just do that, in brackets or something.
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Aluminus » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:42 pm UTC

Hey it's not my fault that the title of the article is witty/odd:
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby BoomFrog » Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:47 am UTC

Aluminus wrote:Hey it's not my fault that the title of the article is witty/odd:
Man declared dead, says he 'feels pretty good'
Fish trained to jump into nets
Mind Control Games


Those first two are totally clear, and the mind control games at least gives a hint. I think the problem is with titles like:

Some people obviously haven't read comic 401...


Which is about the Article about the Hadron Collider.

No offense to upessimist it was just the first example I saw.
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby zenten » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:57 am UTC

BoomFrog wrote:
Aluminus wrote:Hey it's not my fault that the title of the article is witty/odd:
Man declared dead, says he 'feels pretty good'
Fish trained to jump into nets
Mind Control Games


Those first two are totally clear, and the mind control games at least gives a hint. I think the problem is with titles like:

Some people obviously haven't read comic 401...


Which is about the Article about the Hadron Collider.

No offense to upessimist it was just the first example I saw.


Dude, that's perfectly clear. Unless you don't read the comic obsessively, in which case we don't want you here round these parts.

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Cheese » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:52 pm UTC

zenten wrote:
BoomFrog wrote:
Aluminus wrote:Hey it's not my fault that the title of the article is witty/odd:
Man declared dead, says he 'feels pretty good'
Fish trained to jump into nets
Mind Control Games
Those first two are totally clear, and the mind control games at least gives a hint. I think the problem is with titles like:

Some people obviously haven't read comic 401...


Which is about the Article about the Hadron Collider.

No offense to upessimist it was just the first example I saw.
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EDIT: ...did I fail to tidy up those quotes? Damn. Well, it's done now, at least.
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby goblin_subway » Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:13 am UTC

First rule of newspapers: the headline above the crease sells the paper (ammended to apply to forum thread titles beginning at about the same time as the invention of forum thread titles).
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby ginnybee » Sat Jun 28, 2008 1:32 am UTC

Yeah, I read it pretty obsessively, but aside from some examples, I can't remember actual numbers.

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby RealGrouchy » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:29 pm UTC

Saladin forgot to mention the punishment for those who continue to do this.

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:33 pm UTC

Man, I thought this thread was about something else, since it was in News & Articles. You gotta be clearer.

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Paranoid__Android » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:16 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Man, I thought this thread was about something else, since it was in News & Articles. You gotta be clearer.


Oh noes, the Irony is overwhelming.

I thought the same thing
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Cheese » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:23 pm UTC

So did I! I think PA should get titled with something that describes them well now. Something like "necro for an unfunny joke", but with more laughs and less Cheese.
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Soundwave Guy » Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:02 pm UTC

BoomFrog wrote:Which is about the Article about the Hadron Collider.
No offense to upessimist it was just the first example I saw.


No offense to anyone who may be offended by this, but I know I couldn't have been the only one to accidentally see "Hadron Collider" as "Hardon Collider" at first read...
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Re: I don't usually use descriptive titles but it makes the post

Postby alnino2005 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:34 am UTC

I don't really like witty post titles like you said earlier, but what I hate more are dull deadpan titles that obviosly had no thought put into them whatsoever simply describing the contents of the post or topic. I think the title can make the post and depending on how it's displayed (topc or post reply) can be quite entertaining along with informative. When it comes to replies however, I usually don't write anything. I never see rely post titles anyway because they're always so hidden.

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Zorlin » Sat May 30, 2009 2:47 am UTC

Is "XKCD Torrents" okay?

Soundwave Guy wrote:
BoomFrog wrote:Which is about the Article about the Hadron Collider.
No offense to upessimist it was just the first example I saw.


No offense to anyone who may be offended by this, but I know I couldn't have been the only one to accidentally see "Hadron Collider" as "Hardon Collider" at first read...

You're not. See the discussion thread for Large Hadron Collider.
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby Flagpole Sitta » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:17 am UTC

Whenever I see this thread title I always read it as "Descriptive Tit-ling" and have to do a double take. :roll:
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby t_catt11 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:33 pm UTC

LOL @ double take. Didn't take long for this thread to hit the gutter...
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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:20 pm UTC

It took a year and a half...
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Re: My dog has no nose. Then how does he smell?

Postby Jorgo » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:52 am UTC

4=5 wrote:If it's really witty can we keep it? Say at the level of the terribly funny joke from Monty Python?


Like "Always look at the light side of brides"?

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby mjmitche » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:40 pm UTC

The title to this post I found very ambigious. Should have been marked 'meta' or something to indicate it was about xkcd

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby no-genius » Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:30 pm UTC

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Re: Descriptive titling

Postby G0NZ0 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:02 pm UTC

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