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Unlike Benjamin Steinberg, I have no objections to ${\rm\LaTeX}$ in titles of questions. I often use the site (even from mobile devices) where there is a sufficient speed for loading everything fairly fast. I do, however, object to making this sort of edit to an old post. If you are going to improve the post, it should be an overall improvement, perhaps to ...


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No, they should not. Many of us habitually read MO on mobile devices with unreliable wifi/cellular connections and if most titles take a long time to render it makes the whole experience irritating. Latex should only be used in titles when really necessary. In fact I think one should in general be a latex minimalist in questions and answers too.


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I understand the sentiment to have this blacklist, but I don't think it's really important for MathOverflow to have it. Very few questions have ever had $$ in their titles, and not always for actual displaymath. Here is an SEDE query to catch all extant questions which have a revision where the title contained $$. Only 10 results pop up, so I'll look at ...


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Both systems of capitalization are OK for use here: How to Answer Questions on MO. How to answer questions on MO. Conclusions: Which system should you use? The one most comfortable to you. Should you change someone else's post from one system to the other? No. Should you complain if someone else changes your post from one system to the other? ...


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The user has been contacted by a moderator. Please advise if the behavior persists.


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This is a XY problem. What you really want to do is prevent questions that are obviously non research level. Martin Sleziak has recently suggested a change that would help, but it has been ignored by the moderators up to now: Should users be shown some basic information before posting the first question? I think this change would go a long way in solving ...


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I suppose that all of us who don't have English as mother tongue would rather not have the idea of capitalizing nouns or other "key words" in titles. At least to me that idea has never occurred for a question in MO (even though it is the general rule for nouns in German, my mother tongue! - which is in my opinion somewhat obsolete). It is about questions, ...


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Here's a perfectly subjective position on the use of \displaystyle, \dfrac, \dbinom, &c. in question titles: If the usage of these elements is more distracting than helpful in a specific question title, they should be edited out. The same can be applied to the use of \color{...}, Emojis, and other "alternative" formatting choices. (Granted, some of ...


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This is only marginal to the discussed issue (but I still think it is worth mentioning). There were some discussion on this meta about possibility of not showing questions from MO in the network wide hot questions list: Measures to separate math overflow from the rest of the stack exchange network (Related: Featured MO questions on the hot list: what ...


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Maybe it could be useful to spell out explicitly why the edits in question were problematic. (Both for the benefit of the user referenced in the question and also for other users who want to help editing.) I do not claim that this represents the majority opinion - after all the opinions on this vary and it's probably impossible to write down something with ...


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TL:DR; I support the proposal to have warning for some words in titles. But I do not think it would be good to blacklist them completely. It is explicitly pointed out in How to write a good MathOverflow question? (the section "Make your title your question") that it is good to make the title describe the question as well as possible. And there indeed are ...


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