This was first touched upon last September where it was decided that question titles need to be actual, clear questions and not vague titles. I think this is an extremely important, fundamental part of a successful Stack site. Titles that ask a clear question that reflect the question's contents are infinitely (I did not do the math, but it's definitely infinite) more valuable than those with vague titles.
On the home page right now, there are a number of questions that are sentence fragments or incredibly vague:
- Make feature layer based on date, problem in python
- KML in OpenLayers
- Display of zoomable image thumbnails instead of symbols on maps
- memory issue when trying to buffer/union large dataset using postgis
- UTM coordinate conversion to Geographic coordinates
- Importing Large Raster Datasets in Global Mapper
- Geoserver SLD for OS Mastermap
- Move Extent Locator Display python error
- How to insert new line text in popup
- Type of Program (more specific)
Now, admittedly, I am no GIS expert. It's possible that some of these are perfectly good titles, content-wise. I will say, though, that none of them are complete sentences nor are they questions. In my opinion, seeing nothing but sentence fragments and titles void of punctuation looks a little less expert.
It's been a year since this was first brought up on GIS and I would like to start organizing an actual plan of attack to keep question titles clear and, well, questions.
My first inclination is to declare an upcoming week/weekend Title Clean-Up Week/Weekend, which would encourage all of the community to spend some of their time on the site over a week/weekend combing through the site's content and de-vague-ifying titles. Other sites have done this and also created a chat specifically for discussing the clean-up. Is this worth trying on GIS?
Note that editing a bunch of titles on old questions would make them pop up on the homepage, which is a something to consider for a project like this.