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Jittery guide: topic titles

Can two topic pages have the same title?

Two topics can never have the same exact title. In cases of near duplication, where two topic titles are about the same topic but are different in spelling, Jittery will close one of the topic pages or merge them.

For example, Bill Gates and William H Gates III both refer to the same person in popular usage. In a situation where both are published topics, Jittery would keep the more common Bill Gates title.

Can topic titles be in any language?

All topic titles should be in English.

For now Jittery is English-only. We will look at expanding into other languages if there is enough demand for it.

How short or long can a topic title be?

The topic title can be as few as three characters and up to 100 characters long. If there is a high enough demand for increasing the title length restriction, we will consider it. For now it's expected that 100 will be suitable for nearly all topics.

Can topic titles contain HTML?

Titles can't contain HTML, JavaScript, CSS or other scripting or tags. Only plain text with no formatting (such as bold or italic).

What capitalization rules should a title follow?

Sentence case. Capitalize the full title if it's a proper name. If it's not a proper name, only capitalize the first word.

For example: Harrison Ford or Jet engine

When in doubt, follow Wikipedia's naming conventions on topic titles. We're not looking to reinvent the wheel on this matter.

What characters are not allowed in a title?

These characters can't be used in titles: < > " [ ] { } | #

Those characters are: left and right angle brackets < >, double quotes ", left and right square brackets [ ], left and right curly brackets { }, vertical pipe |, and the number sign (hash symbol) #.

Do not use symbols, emoji, or HTML entities in the title.

Are there characters that should be used rarely?

Avoid using quotation marks, both single and double, curly, high-low, guillemets, backticks and all other variations whenever possible.

There are reasonable exceptions, such as for names, as in: Conan O'Brien.

Should titles be plural or singular?

Always favor singular title names, such as Airplane instead of Airplanes. There may be rare exceptions to this, however, overwhelmingly singular is the way to go.

Does a topic subject need to be famous to justify a page?

A topic subject should generally be notable. If you make a topic page for the common toaster in your kitchen or your left shoelace, the page will be removed.

An editor must be able to support the information on a topic page with quality references. With low notability topics, that is generally very difficult. The less notable a topic is, typically, the more difficult it is to provide references to support information about the topic.

A topic does not have to be famous to be notable. Most small towns and cities are not famous, however they are notable and information about them can usually be verified and supported by well-known, trustworthy sources.

Should editors follow Wikipedia's naming convention for a topic?

In 97 cases out of 100 that will work just fine.

When a topic subject may be known by multiple names, which should be used?

For title purposes, generally go with the most popular, well-known usage. So for example Bill Gates rather than William H Gates III. Use Michael Keaton instead of Michael John Douglas (the actor's real name), Madonna instead of Madonna Louise Ciccone, Sting rather than Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, and so on.

If the subject of a topic page is known by another name, and it's important to mention that, such detail can be elaborated in a specific Q&A for the topic.

What is the rule for definite and indefinite articles?

Avoid unnecessarily lengthening title names. So instead of using "An airplane", just use "Airplane".
Last edited August 14, 2020 08:39 UTC
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