Based on the discussion over on another Meta post (How can we clarify question titles?), I am declaring September 5-11 the first Title Clean-Up Week! I'm saying first because this is pretty much a test run. Some users thought it would be fun to gamify this, and I think it would too, but instead of wasting time coming up with gamification, let's go on and get down to business.

From September 5th to September 11th, please pay extra attention to question titles. Make sure they are complete titles that accurately reflect the question being asked. This post from Meta Stack Overflow does a good job of summing up what a great question title looks like.

Any post that is edited will be bumped to the main page, so in order to keep a flood of old questions from taking over the main page please only edit questions as they are asked or as you interact with them. If you are going to do something to a question that will bump it to the top anyway, go on and give that title a glance. This was previously mentioned as the modus operandi of user matt wilkie, and I think it makes sense.

Of course if there is an old question that you think deserves to be bumped in addition to having its title edited, go on and edit it.

This is a very loose event; there's no real reason why this has to start tomorrow or end on the 11th. But lets see how much we can accomplish in a week, anyway! And no, there are no prizes, but there are a number of badges that are up for grabs:

A real event, with a more definitive time frame and goal-specific perks is still on the table. But let's try to focus on this intensely for a week!

Please ping me in the chatroom if you have any questions or suggestions.

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    Added a message (moderator tools) to ALL users of GIS_SE to look at this post.
    – Mapperz Mod
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 20:15
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    @Mapperz Editing the title of a post about editing titles?! Whoah, things got really meta on Meta! :) Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 20:24
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    It's only the start but "let's go on and get down to business"
    – Mapperz Mod
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 20:26
  • Did my first one already :)
    – blah238
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 21:20

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I'm in. Too bad the posts will still be bumped — I saved a few for this occasion from the low vote/high view count review and they're ancient and uninteresting by definition. I guess I will dose them into the stream slowly, so nobody notices the poison I mean old posts.

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    You could save them for the "real event", presumably bumping will be disabled then.
    – blah238
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 21:52
  • Presumably is the key word, there. I have my fingers crossed but can't make any guarantees. If you want to edit (and therefore bump) those uninteresting questions, I don't see anything wrong with doing one every few days or so, possibly at a time when other new questions are filtering in so it gets pushed down a bit. But again, judgment call! Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 14:47
  • It can wait, they only take one tab-width of space. ;) If the second run happens without a solution, I'll just have better reasons to do it; if not, they will not be an issue. Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 18:17

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