13

When I started about an hour ago, a search for is:question title:doubt gave 25 questions. I (have tried to) fixed these.


12

I personally prefer plain text titles only. For me this is a much more elaborate way of asking. Taking your example: Why does the transverse magnetization in Fourier Transform NMR consist of Ix+iIy ($\hat{I}_{\!x}+\mathrm{i}\hat{I}_{\!y}$)? I have no idea what $\hat{I}$ is. Even after reading the whole question I have no idea what it stands for. Currently ...


12

It can be rather problematic, and we ask that you do it only when the extended markup is really needed for the meaning of your question in the title. That might be quite often, depending on the questions you ask, we just ask that you consider it. Titles are a major part of how search engines index our content, so not only are the displayed results skewed ...


11

As far as I can tell, there are no regulations in place, either on Chem.SE or on the SE network in general. However, the use of sentence case seems to be strongly preferred. Hence, Is there a general consensus on the causes of the alpha-effect? is (generally) preferred to the title case alternative Is There a General Consensus on the Causes of the ...


7

I am an advocate for the title being an actual question, that would circumvent the capitalisation issue completely. I think the examples you brought up use oddly specific terms, while being very mysterious about the actual question. I would say the following titles would be much better options: What are the major products when 2-bromo-1-chloro-4-...


7

The difference you are referring to is the difference between sentence case (upper and lowercase letters as in any sentence) and title case (casing as it would only ever appear in titles). You do say generally and like any weasel word this is generally true. However, note that it depends on the style guide you are consulting. Not all English style guides ...


7

My two cents: If the title is a full grammatical sentence (usually a question), I prefer the use of sentence case: Why does this alkene addition reaction lead to a racemized mixture of products? If the title is not a full grammatical sentence, but is more of a descriptive phrase, I prefer the use of title case: Racemized Products in Alkene Addition ...


6

I've cleaned up a more recent question full of all that aforementioned doubt. I'll keep an eye out for other potential buzzwords and I'll occasionally look for this buzzword. I doubt the community will let this buzzword accumulate in question titles again.


6

Bad titles are a sickness. If you don't treat 'em ASAP, they'll take over your body, even if you consider them a single cold. Now don't tell me I'm over-dramatic. (I am but that isn't relevant.) The other site I'm active on, ELL, realized the problem when it was too late. Thus, the editors don't even bother to edit question titles anymore. It's kinda ...


4

Just a note: I found and cleaned up seven "doubt" questions today. They were mostly unanswered, bad homework type. Interestingly, they were very old. That probably means our community hasn't received too many "doubt"s lately (or they have been edited out pretty quickly :D). Either way, that's great.


4

It looks like the "problem" has grown since this request was first posted to meta. I'm working through some of these, especially some of the "richer" questions that better contribute to the site (and then later I'll hit up more of the homework ones.)


3

Welcome to the Don Quijote club of editors. It is indeed an everlasting fight and M.A. already covered most of the history of it. Keeping an eye out on question titles is one of the most important things on the site, since they show up in all search engines first. One reason why we discourage the use of MathJax‡ in question titles (for reasons {you ...


3

I believe it is done now. The remaining two questions use the work help in a proper context, so I left them untouched.


1

I think in these cases, the help word is unhelpful and do not affect the person who are going to help. If you really want help and get an answer for you question. Make the title straight to the point without the help.


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible