Do intentionally vague forum topic titles work?

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    Mar 09, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    Which topic title would you be more likely to open and read:

    Are you annoyed by… OR
    Do intentionally vague forum topic titles work?

    This was a shocker! OR
    Marie Osmond’s gay son commits suicide

    Hey boys … should I get? OR
    Should I get a tattoo?

    What would you do? OR
    My BF’s trying to contact his ex!

    Waste of time? OR
    Pursuing a man just out of 15 year relationship.

    Is it appropriate? OR
    How soon to ask date if top or bottom?

    What is with OR
    What’s with crotch grabbers in gay clubs?

    Why is is that…? OR
    Bad impressions given by men on dating sites.

    Except for the first, the former of each example are samplings of topic titles I pulled from the last few days on RJ. I usually skip over these but in these cases I didn’t since I’m just trying to figure out why OPs do this. The little teases.
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    Mar 09, 2010 3:52 AM GMT
    Variety is the spice to LIFE!
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    Mar 09, 2010 3:52 AM GMT
    not particularly no.
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    Mar 09, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    You now have the censorship's ax...go at it and chop away....I think you need to feel some revenge don't you?



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    Mar 09, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    Teaser Headlines

    somewhat annoying.
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    Mar 09, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidTeaser Headlines

    somewhat annoying.


    "Teaser Headlines" - now that's a great topic title!
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    Mar 09, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    Mystic_Man saidYou now have the censorship's ax...go at it and chop away....I think you need to feel some revenge don't you?

    No revenge intended! I just wonder how many worthwhile reads, how many interesting posts, go unnoticed because of a teaser headline which might not do the subject matter justice. I'm all for individual artistic expression, but what if it gets in the way of the message?
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    Mar 09, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    beneful1 saidTeaser Headlines

    somewhat annoying.


    "Teaser Headlines" - now that's a great topic title!


    Don't you find it keeps you on your toe's a little more.....?
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    Mar 09, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    You forgot to include thread titles that are in caps and are 1000 characters long.
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    Mar 11, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    Still curious as to whether teaser headlines really work, and whether RJers would view a specific topic title (even if it's boring) more than an intentionally vague one, after 86 views and 9 replies over the course of about 36 hours I just changed this forum topic title from "Are you annoyed by..." to "Do intentionally vague forum topic titles work?"
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    Mar 11, 2010 5:37 AM GMT
    i vaguely notice them, my main attraction to a thread is the number of replies.
    The bigger the number the less likely i'll check it out because i don't have the patience to peruse the replies.
    The topic is irrelevant. I mean we can spit bullshit out to just about anything no ?
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    Mar 15, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    The jury is in with this unscientific experiement. INTERESTING vague teaser headlines work better than BORING direct topic headlines.

    There were 86 views in 36 hours with the intentionally (and arguably interesting) vague headline: "Are you annoyed by..." and 58 views in 36 hours with the direct (but BORING) headline: "Do intentionally vague topic headlines work?"

    So let’s hear it for these recent teaser headlines:

    I’m being naughty!!
    TO DO!
    hi
    Well, I’d thought I’d seen everything…
    This video is just wow.. a must see!!
    Great Ad
    I’m on a date/meet up…
    Developing Feelings This Way..??
    Between the decades
    Have you ever?
    Instead of studying…
    This is why health care reform must be passed NOW!
    SOONER or LATER
    Too big to fail…

    I now lay this thread to rest.
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    Mar 15, 2010 3:38 AM GMT
    I think the next topic title should be Here Is the Death That Comes for the Stupid. It will no doubt devolve into liberals, conservatives, something to do with food and unsafe sex.
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    Mar 15, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    LOL I've seen those subject lines in the last week, and thought they were annoying as well!

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  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 15, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    I would say about half of all the popular post titles are illiterate or spelled incorrectly.

    I think a response with grammar errors is fine, we all only take a few moments to type it in. But it really irks me that someone can't even spell the title to a post correctly, or take a few seconds to UPDATE and correct the post header. ....ugh. Ok, I need to get over it.
  • silverfox

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    Mar 15, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    My favorite one on the forums now is simply called "Hi".

    Can't get any vaguer than that!


  • GQjock

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    Mar 15, 2010 3:52 AM GMT
    no

    But Intentionally deceptive ones do
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    Mar 16, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    Along these lines, I'm going to add guys who just post links to news articles. Seriously, we can go to towleroad for gay news on our own, without someone reposting every news article, thanks.
  • Webster666

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    Mar 16, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    I don't think it's intentional, but, yes, they are annoying, because, invariably, the surprise subject of the thread turns out to be of no interest.
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    Mar 16, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    Mystic_Man said
    eagermuscle said
    beneful1 saidTeaser Headlines

    somewhat annoying.


    "Teaser Headlines" - now that's a great topic title!


    Don't you find it keeps you on your toe's a little more.....?


    Aww mystic I know how much you love keeping people on their toe's
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    Mar 16, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    No...to answer your questionicon_mad.gifThey all talk about the same stuff. If I have something to say on any topic I say it. However, most of the topics I ignore.