Please stop with the clickbait thread titles

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by tpaul, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Obviously everyone can do whatever they want and I'm free to ignore annoying thread titles, but can we stop with the clickbait?

    I'm talking about thread titles like these:

    Your Opinion, Please
    Did This Ever Happen to You?
    Am I Crazy?

    Do you see the problem here? None of these thread titles provides the slightest hint as to what the thread is really about. They are attention-grabbing but not informative. My opinion on what? Help with what? Did what ever happen to me?

    It would be so easy to fix these:

    Your Opinion On This Pickguard, Please
    Did This Ever Happen to You? String Breakage
    Am I Crazy To Dislike Anything Recorded After 1973?
    Help - Truss Rod Is Frozen!

    If you include a little info about your request, problem or topic in the thread title, you're more likely to get responses from people who have some knowledge or interest in that topic... and the rest of us won't be opening threads we aren't actually interested in reading.

    End of rant.
  2. Never going to happen. Most of the threads with "clickbaity" titles are just that. It's done on purpose. Sucks for us.
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  3. TheAnalogKid

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!!

    Dec 7, 2011
    Before I click on a thread title, I hover my mouse pointer over the title, so it opens up a "preview pane". From there, I can then decide if the rest of the thread is worth reading. I don't lose much sleep over the wording; some of the more verbose thread titles are snooze-fests, too.
  4. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    Since we're airing out grievances, can we please switch from carrots to something else? It's 2021 for god's sake, the world's moving forward!
  5. Basslice

    Basslice Supporting Member

    May 11, 2008
    Western Massachusetts
    I thought I was alone in despairing over all these click-bait titles. Please stop.
  6. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    My favourites are the NEED HELP PLEASE CLICK URGENT threads where it’s some guy trying to decide what colour bass to get.
  7. Marihino


    Mar 25, 2010
    Yup. I'm not opening threads like that. My other "favourite" are the titles that, while not clikbaity, are just waaay to vague, for example a thread titled "bass strings" in the Strings subforum etc.
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  8. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    This is the interwebs.
    It won't change.

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  9. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    It could be as simple as many posters all over the internet are barely literate.
  10. Kolokethia?
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  11. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Kumquats, then?
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  12. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Is this a spillover from, say, FB? Maybe they confuse TB for FB?

    These kinds of thread titles are less than adolescent, IMO.
  13. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    I think this deserves a site-wide poll masked under a clickbait title.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021
  14. Es-La-Una


    Oct 27, 2016
    Vague topic titles are a common occurrence on internet forums. Some forums contain an FAQ to use a meaningful topic title. But some continue to use vague and generic topic titles any way.

    Moderators don’t want to delete them. Don’t read them. If everyone would respond to vague topic titles by giving vague replies, the vague topic title starters might take notice.
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  15. mike57


    Feb 12, 2009
    Our Fair City, MA
    You won't believe what happens next!

    Seriously - who gives a rat's back end about thread titles?
  16. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    He Clicked On The Thread - and you'll never guess what happened next!
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  17. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Guest

    Nov 22, 2017
    It's a struggle between complaints like this and TL;DR complaints, frankly. Titles should get you interested, but as someone suggested you can hover over the post to read enough of the OP to decide if you're interested. If there's room for more descriptors, sure, but eyes glaze over when titles are too wordy.

    I don't see the incentive to draw people in with clickbait since none of us normal people make any money from clicks here. But a lot of us were taught in English class to make the first sentence intriguing, so there's probably a piece of that here, too.

    And then sometimes we just assume that most people have been around the internet long enough to know what's meant by certain phrases. Maybe we're wrong about that. "It's not an airport" has been around for years as a retort to dramatic online exits. When I started that thread about my temporary hiatus it never occurred to me that someone on the internet would not know what that meant.
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  18. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I had never heard that one and I've been online for quite a while by now. And of course you never actually left anyway (?), as so often seems to be the case. ;)
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021
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  19. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
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  20. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Guest

    Nov 22, 2017
    Actually I was gone for about two weeks, which was about the time I needed to rest my hand. I did pop in now and then to say hello, as I also said I would, since a few people asked me to.

    I'm thinking maybe people whose online world is limited to here might not be so familiar with some of these internet conventions but "It's not an airport, no need to announce your departure" is the common response on every Facebook group when someone announces they are angry and leaving a group there. There are dozens of memes with that saying and pictures of airplanes :)

    it's not an airport no need to announce your departure - Google Search
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