I've always had a problem with problem titles for forums taking up most of the space when a few tabs are open, which is why I changed my ~13 character title to a 3 letter acronym, Although this helps - its not enough. Well, I've been cheeky and had it display the original for users with less tahn 100 posts, for SEO reasons
(well atleast i think)
I'd like for page titles to be reviewed, reasoning + examples:
Take a look at area 51, Open about 6 or 7 tabs and you cant tell which tab is which, a long title which is somewhat common, I can have:
<title> • Post a new topic : Not really necesary? Cant "<title> • New Topic
<title> • View forum • <forum title> : Again, unnecesary, "<title> • Forum • <forum title>
" will also suffice
<title> • View topic • <topic title> : replace with "<title> • Topic • <topic title>"
<title> • User Control Panel • <module>: bloated, since its a user login page, relevant titles for SEO isnt necesary, and distracts people from what page they are on. If you bookmark it, chances are you wont know which module you are on. "<title> • Settings • <module>
" would be better, I'd suggest UCP but settings is more novice friendly
<title> • Viewing profile • <user> - inconsistency, the others are in the future tense, this is in the present. I'd suggest "<title> • Profile • <user>
" (regarding tenses, despite the fact I should know these, I havent refered to verbs for a number of years, so not sure if they are right - but you get my point)
<title> • User Control Panel • Compose message - Somewhat inconsistent, refering to a PM as a message in this case? See above for point about the user control , and 'compose' is a nice word, I like, would be better than 'New PM' i think.
<title> • Search : Straight to the point, and since POST is used cannot be bookmarked, but adding search keywords to the title may benefit when multiple searches are in effect? - But its good imo.
<title> • View your posts - Again, is the "View" necesary? By "viewing" that page its obvious," <title> • Your Posts
" would be good.
<title> • Index Page : Is page neceasry? More over (but not so necesary) Index can be replaced with Home (page), more novice friendly
So, you get the drill - I'd like page titles to be reviewd, and at a version jump would be most appropiate to do it now rather than as a minor update.
Perhaps this is a topic for RFC if approved?