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Would you recommend phrasing questions controversially to provoke a response?

For example: "Why are small sample sizes better?" instead of "Why do small sample sizes give more significant p-values for rare events?": I tried this just as an experiment because I wasn't getting ...
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Is it okay to edit the title of a question to make it broad enough to fully encompass an existing/accepted answer?

I know that people here are very squeamish and punctilious about editing questions of others, and rightly so (see editing is not rewriting). But here is one particular situation that I would like to ...
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Editing abbreviation in the title

Recently I wanted to mark a duplicate of a question about defining maximum likelihood, but was unable to find the "main" question since it used "MLE" in title rather then "maximum likelihood" (Maximum ...
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What are the guidelines for writing good questions (and titles)?

It seems like a few of my questions have had their titles edited, either to add in capitalization, or to take it out (I've not yet seen both on the same question, though ;). I'm not sure if my title ...
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Modifying the title of duplicate questions

This question was recently closed as duplicate. I agree with this, but the title is now the title of the older question which is more restrictive than that of the new one (the old one is about two ...
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Adding an alternative title to an existing thread

How can I make an existing thread easier to find using certain keywords? For example, today I had a question, "When does LASSO fail?". I searched this on Cross Validated and could not find an answer....
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What is the proper balance between question & title specificity?

Glen_b and I have been debating how to edit this particular question. My view is that a title specific to the contents of the question is necessary as a summary of the question contents. The title, as ...
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Question titles cannot be similar to those of a closed question

I wish to ask a question with a similar (or identical) title to a question that is closed. But I'm not able to do this. It seems to me that this is a mistake. If the previous question is closed ...
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