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As seen in this discussion, the community seems to look favorably at tags in the form of [gamename-suffix], e.g. . Unfortunately, as Mark pointed out, this does not really sit well our use-the-two-most-popular-tags-as-title-prefix mechanism, because then we get titles such as diablo 3 diablo 3 demon hunter - How long do Caltrops last?, which is an actual title.

Can we add some special case to deal with this sort of situation? Mark already had two different suggestions on how to deal with it:

  • If a tag has a stem that's equivalent to another tag, remove the stem from the tag in the element. So, take diablo-3 and diablo-3-demon-hunter: since diablo-3 appears in diablo-3-demon-hunter, it should be removed so the element simply begins with "diablo 3 demon hunter".

  • Alternatively, if two tags share the same stem, only show the most popular one. Would be less SEO juice, but would also be less magic in how tags are parsed.

But anything else which can solve this issue will also be welcome.

  • The one potential problem I see with option 1, which is otherwise superior, is that a question tagged Game-1 Game-2 Game-Series risks becoming Game 2 Series Question. Which is... Awkward, but no moreso than what we have now. – LessPop_MoreFizz Apr 21 '12 at 17:02
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz wouldn't it become "game 1 2 series"? – Oak Apr 21 '12 at 17:05
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    Or we could just move back to having one tag in the title. – badp Apr 21 '12 at 19:08
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    @badp at which point, we have tons of questions without a game name in their <title> element thanks to stupid platform tags. – LessPop_MoreFizz Apr 21 '12 at 19:11
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz You say that like it's still not a problem when things like achievements are involved. – Raven Dreamer Apr 22 '12 at 18:32
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    Working on this now. – Jarrod Dixon Apr 24 '12 at 4:48
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/118280/… – Nick T May 3 '12 at 18:28
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This has been pushed out - please let me know of any bugs you see.

  • Found an issue with this question not keeping "diablo 3" in the title - looking at a work-around. – Jarrod Dixon Apr 27 '12 at 5:32
  • Which version did you implement? Dropping the tag stem on more specific tags, or only showing one tag when two tags share the same stem? – user3389 Apr 27 '12 at 5:40
  • Option 2, due to other code constraints, but looking at 1 now. Option 2 was better, since we only look at the first two tags for this purpose and questions with 3 tags (e.g. [pc] [diablo-3] [diablo-3-demon-hunter]) would then use the demon hunter tag after dropping the lone [diablo-3]. – Jarrod Dixon Apr 27 '12 at 17:05
  • I think this change has some issues after a question has been edited - take a look at the current title of this question. – Oak Apr 29 '12 at 6:52
  • @Oak yeah, that was the problem question I found earlier; a fix will be pushed soon so that [diablo-3] will still be in the page title. – Jarrod Dixon Apr 29 '12 at 20:48

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