It seems like this is adding the sort of information one would expect in a tag into the title. And not subtly either. As screaming capital letters right at the beginning of the title this seems like the wrong way to label a question.

As a tag now exists for such puzzles I'm suggesting we don't need to title puzzles in this way.


Treasure hunt 'round the world! (prologue)

You're invited! Now what?

  • $\begingroup$ I would agree to this. It seems rather unnecessary to include a Tag into the title as that is one of the purposes of a tag (let alone in all capitals). I once use to include "Riddle:" into my riddle titles (as I was new) however after suggestions I now no longer include it. (However I still have questions with "Riddle:" in them which have not been edited so....I think this should be discussed further) $\endgroup$
    – Mark N
    Jun 17, 2015 at 19:26
  • $\begingroup$ i know what you mean. I doubt my puzzle have perfect titles and I'm not saying a riddle with the word riddle in the title is bad, but the title of these examples make me feel bad. $\endgroup$
    – Bob
    Jun 17, 2015 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ I think it's also the fact that the 'real' title is smaller than the tag, and is also after it (making it seem very insignificant) - which is defeating its own purpose. $\endgroup$
    – Mark N
    Jun 17, 2015 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ I think you're probably right, but I'd like to hear it from someone official before I make a change - I was simply copying the format of the question previous to mine. :) I do think it's important to note when a puzzle is semi-interactive, because they will be treated differently than other puzzles, but the big link at the top of the question itself should suffice. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Jun 17, 2015 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ Based on xnor and his fabulous Meta.SE link, the titles of the linked questions have been changed - rest assured, they did used to look just as obnoxious as they do in the links on this question. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Jun 17, 2015 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ Oh No.... What have I done.... Hold on someone beat me to posting an interactive puzzle? What???? I'm not even 30% done the one I'm writing... i do hope I haven't started a trend of bad puzzles showing up before mine gets posted ._. //continues mumbling to self... $\endgroup$
    – Aify
    Jun 19, 2015 at 16:02

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Quoting from this meta SE answer:

  • It is completely unnecessary to force tags into your question titles.
  • The only time you should use tags in your title is when they are organic to the conversational tone of the title.

I find "(SEMI INTERACTIVE PUZZLE)" distracting and tacked on, even if it weren't all caps. So, I think it should be removed (preferred) or incorporated into the title as "A semi-interactive puzzle about ...".

But, most titles that mention a tag like "riddle" do so unobtrusively, and naming the type of puzzle is vital to describing it, so that's OK.


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