Reminder: the importance of using descriptive and specific topic titles

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Reminder: the importance of using descriptive and specific topic titles

Post by iih » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:39 pm

As outlined in the forum rules, we ask that members use descriptive and specific titles for their new topics. This is particularly important in the areas of the forum devoted to IIH discussions. It helps people who are looking for information on something specific enormously if the topic title is descriptive of what the discussion's about, as well as people just browsing new topics to decide if they want to read the topic. Topics with titles such as "Help me", "I've got a question", "What do I do?" etc. really don't give any clue as to what the topic's about and make it much more difficult for someone browsing the forum to decide if a particular discussion might contain information useful to them.

This post is a good example of using a descriptive topic title - "The importance of using descriptive and specific topic titles" - we could have just called it "Reminder", but then just browsing the forum you wouldn't know what it was a reminder about. Adding "please use descriptive and specific topic titles" tells you what you're going to find in the topic, and makes it easier to decide if it's something you want to read. Members may log on to the forum for just a quick look around, and may not have time to open and read each topic to see what it's about. Members with visual problems may only be able to spend a short amount of time online before reading becomes too difficult, or if someone's had a lumbar puncture and has a severe low pressure headache but needs to look for information on low pressure, being upright at a computer for anything but a very short amount of time will be extremely painful. It's because of situations like this that it's essential that the forum's well organised so that members and visitors can find information quickly, but we need your help to be able to do that.

At the time of writing (January 2009), this is a relatively new rule on the forum, and while we have allowed a period of aclimatisation where moderators have either edited topic titles or asked members to change their topic titles, from January 2009 when the new rule came into effect, moderators will lock topics which don't have a descriptive and specific title. This of course means that you will be unable to get replies to your question. The way to get a topic unlocked is to contact a moderator using the "report to moderator" link in the bottom right-hand corner of the post with your proposed re-wording of the title. Once you've done this, one of the moderators will unlock the topic so that other members are able to reply. We hope that this will encourage members to take a moment to think about the title of their new topic before they submit their new post. It only takes a moment to think about using a descriptive title rather than a vague and meaningless one, but doing so will save both you and our moderators time, and the hassle of having to edit a topic title. We appreciate your co-operation in this.



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