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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

1 Introduction Titles give a first impression of your post. Good titles bring positive attention to your question, and you will get it answered sooner; more upvotes will follow etc. Bad titles don't ...
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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

Quick Reference Card for Writing Good Titles (summarized from the more detailed answer) Put words from other sources in "quotation marks" between thumb, forefinger and middle finger - why ...
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What 'buzzwords' should we ban or give a warning about in question titles?

I'm in entire sympathy with the effort to create useful titles. I agree that these words raise a red flag, and are very often signs of a useless title. But I don't think that we can actually ban them ...
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Why is it necessary for the question title to have more than 15 characters?

I disagree that the title "Will vs Would" was satisfactory. I don’t think the current title is satisfactory either. Imagine you’re a learner looking to solve your problem about whether to ...
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Do you see the need for "buzzwords-in-question-titles" edits?

We definitely have a lot of vague question titles! I don't know about buzzwords specifically, but in general I would definitely advocate for any title edit that better summarized the question's ...
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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

Avoid putting something critical to your question in the title of the question unless you add it to the body of the question as well. In other words, make sure that someone can read your whole ...
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A suggestion for improving the quality of OP's titles

Honestly, writing titles is hard. Most people are bad at it. Most people are also bad at writing email subjects and similar things. I really don't think there's a quick fix for this; it's simply a ...
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Why is it necessary for the question title to have more than 15 characters?

This is a very longstanding practice; a July 2009 post mentions the "recent" increase from 10 to 15 characters on StackOverflow. The question title has a minimum required length for the same ...
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Title Cleanup Event (TCE) - An invitation

For reference, having taken part in this, my edits will have the following summary: title cleanup event, see http://meta.ell.stackexchange.com/q/2632/1407 - title OK, body OK, tags OK Obviously, ...
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Please use specific titles. Don't just ask "Is this grammatically correct?"

When we edit out these titles, we free up space for new questions of the same name. What we want is a list of banned titles, which we can make by having the 'community' user post a bunch of questions ...
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What 'buzzwords' should we ban or give a warning about in question titles?

I was going to create a list of could-be-improved titles that could be caught with a regex, but while the buzzwords above to appear frequently in bad titles, they also appear frequently in good titles....
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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

The title should BE the question. Example - Does pronouncing "the" as "thee" change its meaning? Read on if you are still interested. With all due respect to the answers above, this is a site ...
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