Why don't many of the people who ask a question in MO use math environment for their formulas in the title of the questions?

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    $\begingroup$ Various users of the site are of the opinion that it is not desirable to use MathJax in titles; see this almost duplicate meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/591/… $\endgroup$ – user9072 Jul 6 '14 at 10:55
  • $\begingroup$ For one, try clicking a question title that consists entirely of math environment. $\endgroup$ – M.G. Sep 9 '17 at 17:48

Granted this is a temporary reason, but I and I suspect many other members use smart phones with old browsers, where such rendering takes time. This is tolerable for questions, less so for the front page. Also, question titles without symbols are more friendly to web search indexing, so lots of people outside MO can find and have a better chance of understanding the question with a good romanized title.

  • $\begingroup$ On my new iphone with lte the rendering doesn't bother me as much as it used to. But it does slow things down on my old iPad 1 on wifi. $\endgroup$ – Benjamin Steinberg Jul 7 '14 at 15:42

Before the migration to Math.SE last year, the front page of MathOverflow did not render math mode formulas. This may be a leftover habit.

Here's an old discussion: http://mathoverflow.tqft.net/discussion/1040/latex-in-titles/

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    $\begingroup$ For thos that do not click through, let me add that the frontpage did not render math mode since it was decided it should be like this (it could have been rendered on MO 1.0, too). And, that it is rendered now can be seen as a regression of the upgrade to MO 2.0 (as opposed to an improvement). $\endgroup$ – user9072 Jul 6 '14 at 10:43

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