A user recently asked a question about a sentence found in the Harry Potter series. The original title of the question was:
Meaning of "and yet" in the sentence "He'd just had the best birthday of his life -- and yet -- he chewed his hamburger, trying to find the words"?
and someone made an edit to change this title to:
Meaning of “and yet” in the middle of this sentence
This kicked off a civil discourse about the merits of informative titles vs. concise titles, where we politely debated:
- How much information belongs in the title of a question, as opposed to the main body of a question?
- When is there too little or too much information in the title of a question?
- How much of a quote (or context) should you be able to see without actually opening the question?
And perhaps most importantly:
- Are these questions just a matter of personal taste and opinion? Or does this community have some "best practices" that could serve as useful guidelines?
Eventually we agreed it would be constructive to let the community weigh in here on meta. So, let us know your thoughts, either by leaving an answer here, or by upvoting or downvoting answers you might agree or disagree with.