It's a generalisation, but I'm pretty sure the majority of users' headlines aren't actually in the form of a question, and when they are, the majority don't end with a question mark.

Why is this, and why doesn't the SO parser check for the presence of a question mark? It seems to check and alert for certain keywords which are indicative of 'bad' questions.

  • This definitely isn't limited to our site - on many of the other sites the title will state the problem rather than ask for the solution.
    – Hemi
    Mar 18, 2011 at 2:50

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It's not actually required that the title be a question, though it is generally better if it is.

Should question titles be phrased as questions? (A straw poll)

Is it better for SEO for question titles to actually be questions (grammatically speaking)?

  • Fair enough, and I'll go along with those points when editing question titles. It does annnoy me when they actually are questions, but miss off the question mark though.
    – e100
    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:36

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