It seems like we have gotten a few vague titles lately:

If the community member feels a title is vague, should it be edited to be more specific?

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The title is the most visible part of a question. Having a clear title is very important for both SEO and for clarity and functionality.

As long as you are not changing the content/spirit of the title, and not adding meta information (like adding tags to the body of the title) then I think this should be encouraged.

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    On the other hand, making a title too long and descriptive is annoying too. Sometimes the question title does not need to describe the entire context of the question, even though sometimes they are edited to do just that. :-)
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 20:41
  • @AaronBertrand Good point.
    – JNK
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 20:42
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    Not only that, but this is how we have a community oriented site :D Get involved!
    – jcolebrand Mod
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 21:06

Yes, they should, as should poorly worded but cogent questions. There are quite a lot of questions posed by inarticulate OPs (first langauge C) that are poorly worded and difficult to understand but are actually sensible questions. Editing the questions and titles to clarify is entirely sensible as it makes the question more useful to other readers as well.

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