This maybe just me with a particular writing hangup, but does anyone else find it difficult, sometimes have a "mental block", to come up with a title for the FPP they have constructed? End up sometimes spending more time on the title than constructing the rest of the FPP? Have abandoned FPPs as cannot come up with a decent title? Or have a fear that, no matter how good the FPP, a rubbish title will mean everyone will pass over it? Highly related; any tips for coming up with "good" (subjective, yes) titles. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Feb 18, 2013 -
How do you turn off the new titles? It's too fancy for me. Thanks.
posted by four panels
on Jan 7, 2013 -
Perhaps the AskMetafilter question form should point out that the title of the post does not appear on the front page? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia
on Aug 16, 2012 -
Just curious... why are the "Meta" and "Filter," "Meta" and "Talk," and etc. identifiers at the top left of each page discrete clickable elements instead of one clickable element comprising the entire compound word?
posted by Shepherd
on Sep 3, 2009 -
Pony: Can the popular comments RSS feed include the title of the threads to which those comments were posted? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki
on Oct 1, 2008 -
When a title (or possible any word) in a contact's post is long enough, it overflows the bounds of the sidebar and causes the front page to have right-scroll. Pic here
posted by ChrisR
on Aug 10, 2008 -
I use the "Popular Comments" feed to keep track of all the great things you witty people are always saying. Currently, the title of each comment in the feed is formatted like so:
By orthogonality in MeFi
which does not provide any sort of context for the comment. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane
on Aug 8, 2008 -
When the "title" tag is used on a link, it most often provides useful additional information (or a bit of nonsense that was better left out of the main text). So why not make it easy to do? Can you add a second field in the link
dialog box to fill in a title tag? One rule for posters: Please don't use it for important parenthetical information like (pdf) or (NSFW).
posted by wendell
on May 21, 2008 -
Call for discussion: Many posts to MeFi have had their link description copied from the linked to article or site. That's fine and I do it when I post, but often both new and older posters don't distinguish that the description is not their own words by using quotes, italics, or otherwise marking it as such. Would it be useful for a small blurb to be inserted on the New Post page to Metafilter advising of the usefulness distinguishing the poster's own words from those of the linked-to piece? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan
on Mar 28, 2008 -
How are people putting their main question in the title box in AskMe so often? Is something wrong with the form? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Nov 12, 2007 -
Can the “
” and “
” links at the bottom of post pages use the post titles of the adjacent posts rather than the first few words truncated with an ellipsis?
posted by stopgap
on Sep 13, 2007 -
Ridiculously long Headline/Titles result in ridiculously long "add to favorites" pop-ups. See here.
posted by phaedon
on Apr 6, 2007 -
How can I get y2karl's informative pop up title tags to fit my browser window consistently? On the current post
the prospect magazine snippet is an almost square box - which fits fine - and the NYT snippet is so wide that I cannot read it all.
posted by dash_slot-
on Mar 10, 2007 -
A thread in which someone who browses AskMe via RSS, annoyed by people's tendency to post inadequately descriptive "Headline/Title"s, but aware that this has been discussed before, illustrates his displeasure by composing alternative questions to fit some recent titles, in an attempt to encourage others to submit titles that better describe their questions.
posted by staggernation
on Feb 14, 2007 -
My front page post
seems to have lost its title, which was "'In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital' -- Joe LieberMAN"
posted by orthogonality
on Sep 22, 2006 -
NitFilter: In the title of the front page ("Metafilter | Community Weblog"), shouldn't Metafilter be Bactrian CamelCase? Or is this one of those sly MetaFilter conventions that only Original Mefites understand?
posted by thinman
on Aug 26, 2006 -
I find the MetaFilter font page unreadable. And I mean that in the best possible way. I joined MetaFilter so I could participate in its well-above-average discussions that kept turning up in my Google searches. But now that I'm here, I can't find posts I'm interested in on the front page.
I use an RSS reader, and often the jokey headlines give no clue of the post's content. This is just a bad idea. And I understand that links are encouraged, but the visual distraction of link-overloaded posts, compounded with the 15 minutes minimum it would take me to digest them all, leads me to move on before I'm even sure what the post was about. If I only want to click on few, how do I know which of the ten are the best? And where are they going?
Maybe this is just my problem. I'm not dedicated enough to enjoy M.F. But I think it would be better to have a style guide that encourages clarity.
posted by Doctor Barnett
on Aug 3, 2006 -
If you disable images while viewing http://projects.metafilter.com, the link text under the white "Projects" egg reads "MetaTalk".
posted by fake
on Jun 20, 2006 -
On the display for our favorite comments, I have this Pavlovian response in which I keep trying to click on the title of the thread to take me to the main thread, before I realize I need to click on the time and date aread to go there. Matt, is there any chance my Pavlovian instincts could be realized?
posted by Dr. Zira
on Jun 10, 2006 -
Bug: You can attach the same tag multiple times to a post.
Pony: Title attribute on FPP link field?
posted by blue_beetle
on May 1, 2006 -
Is there any reason why MetaTalk posts don't have a Headline/Title?
I think that they could be more useful than http://metatalk.metafilter.com/mefi/11568 [for example].
posted by dash_slot-
on Mar 24, 2006 -
Uppercase HTML TITLE
text in anchor tags gets converted to lowercase (I think via previewing a post). Seen here
on AskMe. Also seems to be buggy on MeFi
posted by sjvilla79
on Feb 11, 2006 -
Interesting use of language in feed description
. Well yes I laughed and went straight to the article for an explaination. It is a great link. I have no problem with the use of colourful language under normal circumstances and I don't want to sound like a prude, but I was just worried about site image. Also aren't there going to be issues in some workplaces with filters and that sort of thing?
posted by feelinglistless
on May 22, 2004 -
10 Best Metafilter post titles of all time? mr_crash_davis' recent post, "You just knew that as soon as gay marriages were legal they'd be screwing in the trees, and damned if it didn't happen.
", seemed like a zinger to me - what's your favorite? somehow, this didn't seem like an AskMefi question to me....it's a yackity yack question
posted by troutfishing
on Apr 23, 2004 -
Re: Links, titles, and searches. [more]
posted by hama7
on Nov 20, 2003 -
I changed the fancy dhtml link titles
to be purely optional. By default, they won't be seen on the site, and you have to say "yes" to them on the customize page to enable them.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 17, 2003 -
Slight problem with the new titles. In Moz (1.2.1) When you center click the link while the title is up, it doesn't go away.
posted by raaka
on Feb 13, 2003 -
The title attribute should probably not be used as footnotes or for excerpts. Discuss.
posted by Su
on Feb 12, 2003 -
. What am I talking about? Ttles (the ones that go in the page title and into the RDF feed). Please remember, they're not room for an extra little joke, they're supposed to be informative of the topic. This isn't memepool, links don't have to be surprises.
posted by fvw
on Nov 21, 2002 -
Su has a point here
. Wouldn't it make searching a lot easier, as well as being fairer to the original authors and more descriptive in general if users could mention the name or title of a linked item in their lead post or, at least, in a follow-up ("more inside") comment.
As it is, I fail to see how Su could have detected tomplus2's May 2002 post, unless he arbitrarily searched for "graffiti" or some other term which isn't exactly apposite.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 12, 2002 -
I have recently noticed that when I put my cursor on some links, like the one here
, after a second or two I get a balloon briefly describing the link. Since I am an HTML novice I figure this is an added tag that I do not know. Can someone fill me in?
posted by anathema
on Mar 28, 2002 -
If you have the poster's name when printing the TITLE element on a post's detail page, it'd be nice to have the window title be e.g. "MetaFilter | Comments on ParisParamus's post" instead of "MetaFilter | Comments on 14703". It'd let the browser's history list be more useful...
(Although of course you'd have to implement a sophisticated possessive-forming engine to avoid "s's" as in my bad example...)
posted by nicwolff
on Feb 6, 2002 -
For those of us who have JS disabled, could you add the URI of textads to the title attribute? (I did mention this,
but I think it got lost in the shuffle.)
posted by gleemax
on Oct 22, 2001 -
Would it be difficult to add a TITLE attribute text field to the ctrl-shift-a url pop up window, to provide extra in-thread link description nice and easy like?
What happens if a TITLE attribute is empty? test
. Apparently nothing.
posted by cCranium
on Dec 8, 2000 -
One-liner quotes/sayings/quips are pretty common (and often very witty) on personal blogs, but that's your perogeta [sic?]. On MeFi however, I don't think I'm too fond of them, and have been seeing a lot more lately. It's obvious that a link with a good subject, description and question/thoughts up for debate will spawn a bigger/better conversation than a few witty words. Also, it helps people to know what they're clicking on, and can still lead to a hearty discussion even if the link itself goes bad
. Other thoughts on the matter?
posted by tomorama
on Oct 18, 2000 -
It's kind of anoying when people link to things without any description of what's actually behind the link. That's sort of like "Click here", which is also annoying.
It would be nice if more people described the site/article/whatever they were linking to withen within the link text or the body of the post, or at least did a title="" attribute on the tag. Would save some time finding the interesting stuff, especially on those high-volume days.
posted by endquote
on Jul 29, 2000 -
Link Titles Are Good...
and don't mess with your status bar. Here's an example
that should show up when you mouseover it. Anyone who frequents twernt
will know what I'm talking about. I encourage people to use them in their posts. And Matt, maybe we could get another field in the article posting form for this?
posted by lbergstr
on Apr 18, 2000 -