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Should question titles be actual questions or can they be titles? I've been going through a bunch of old questions, and it seems there are quite a few questions with titles that aren't question but titles.

Ex. My question title. It's a title, but isn't a question.

Basically, my question is which is preferred? Question titles that are questions or question titles that are merely titles in disguise?

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  • They should be questions. There was an MSO post or blog about it, IIRC. – Raven Dreamer Mar 24 '13 at 17:57
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    I think problem statements should be fine. Sticking "How can I fix this?" on the end just to turn it into a question seems pointless to me. – MBraedley Mar 24 '13 at 18:29
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    It's perfectly fine for them to be titles. In particular there are a lot of questions that don't easily distill to a one-line question, and so the topic of the question is better for the title. – Matthew Read Mar 24 '13 at 18:34
  • Isn't this title a title and not a question? – VanBuzzKill Mar 25 '13 at 15:53
  • I stated that in my question – sayu Mar 25 '13 at 16:14
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Question titles don't have to be questions. Do try to phrase them as questions, but don't edit existing questions just for that reason.

There was a statistical study that found that questions with an actual question as a title were more likely to get answered / got more views, so for high-profile questions we do sometimes make that edit - but that's not a strict guideline we need to enforce for all questions.

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    I tend to edit them into question format if it's currently unclear or filled with superfluous stuff, like "Can't spongle my blork in Blork Run 2... PLEASE HELP!!11!ONE!" Would become "How do I spongle my Blork?" – Robotnik Mar 25 '13 at 3:33
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    I think editing questions that are already on the front page just to change the title is fine. I would say don't edit old posts just for that reason. – user9983 Mar 25 '13 at 13:55
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    Now I really want to get my hands on a copy of Blork Run 2.... – Beofett Mar 26 '13 at 19:07
  • @Beofett it's available as a package deal with BattleToads: 9001 at your local GameStop. – MikeTheLiar Mar 30 '13 at 19:27

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