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Re^2: Consider this: What makes a good node title?

by sauoq (Abbot)
on Nov 03, 2005 at 23:43 UTC ( #505557=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Consider this: What makes a good node title?
in thread Consider this: What makes a good node title?

Don't they deserve to find this node as well?

Are you asking me if they deserve to be inundated with duplicate information? Or if they deserve to be treated to this particular cookie of a node?

What they deserve is to find their answer (no matter which words come to mind) and more people will if we tamper with titles less.

E.g. we'd have the "occurance" people sharing information, apart from the mainstream "occurrence" crowd, because they wouldn't find each other's nodes.

Sorry, but that's a ridiculously bizarre notion. I know how to spell "occurrence" correctly but I wouldn't hesitate for one second to reply to a node with "occurrance" in the title. I don't think anyone else here would either. (At least, not most.) But, if someone believes it's a good search term for their problem, they should have a reasonable chance of finding a relevant node by searching on it regardless of whether they misspell it.

the janitors are showing the OP, and others, what constitutes a good title for a given question.

Nobody's taking notes. In any case, all the janitors can show is what they believe to be a good node title. And that's not some special skill you go to school for... we all have concepts about what makes a node title good.

I know I am suggesting a way of thinking about titling that is a bit different. To sum it up, the pool of titles chosen by throngs of people in the spur of the moment will actually be higher quality than the pool of titles chosen by a small group of people removed from the issues and acting on preconceived notions about what a good title is.

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Re^3: Consider this: What makes a good node title?
by radiantmatrix (Parson) on Nov 04, 2005 at 14:15 UTC

    I know how to spell "occurrence" correctly but I wouldn't hesitate for one second to reply to a node with "occurrance" in the title.

    I don't really think that's the point. I think the point is that, if I'm looking for information about 'occurances of numbers', I will find nodes with the misspelling and participate in them. Whereas, if I look for 'occurrances of numbers' I will find nodes with the correct spelling and participate in them instead. It's all about people who are interested in the same information being able to find each other.

    By ensuring the correct spelling in the node title, you can bring the two groups together. A simple Search for 'occurrance' would find all the nodes about occurrances of numbers, and a Super Search for 'occurance' would still find those with the misspelling preserved in the body. Everyone wins.

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      Whereas, if I look for 'occurrances of numbers' I will find nodes with the correct spelling

      No you won't, because the correct spelling is "occurrences". :-)

      But yes, you got my point.

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