How do I make a machine "blank screen" for a period of time (as a penalty) if certain noise levels are reached?

I spent a few minutes getting familiar with what was in the body and comments/answers to the question so I could rephrase the title cleanly into a question. And then (by the author, I guess) the title was reverted to the original non-question title.

So, why would the validly retitled question have the title reverted on it? Does this count as a bug?

I'm half temped to apply the same retitle I submitted before, but I wanted to ask before doing that. The current (and original) title is crap, and not a question. I'm befuddled as to why it would have been reverted.

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    it's not a bug, post owners have the ability to revert edits, much like how folks with 3k+ rep
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Mar 26, 2013 at 15:48
  • @Sathya, OK. Good to know it wasn't a bug. In the future when this happens again (which looks to be a very infrequent thing, since most OPs appear to appreciate my paraphrases) is asking like this the right way to approach it?
    – killermist
    Mar 26, 2013 at 16:11
  • absolutely, yes - meta is the preferred way to discuss such matters :)
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Mar 26, 2013 at 16:16

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I rolled back to your edit. I really don't understand why the OP felt the need to revert your change.

  • That makes two of us.
    – killermist
    Mar 26, 2013 at 14:54

Typically questions should be phrased as a question with the who, what, where, when, why, and how. However this isn't your typical question as it garnered a high amount of traffic, and votes. Also, and more importantly, the title did state the original intent of the OP. IMO, as long as the title gives a semblance of the problem at hand it's ok. For example take a look at this title:

Transatlantic ping faster than sending a pixel to the screen?

Yes it does have a question mark, but in reality it's not a question. Where's the who, what, where, when, why and how of this question? If we were to hold the same standards here, the question should be rephrased as:

Why is a transatlantic ping faster than sending a pixel to a screen?

Taking on a question mark doesn't make the post an actual question. We could do the same for this post:

Blank Screen If Kids Yell Too Much?

But it's still not a question per se. However, from both titles you can get the basic idea of what the OP is having a problem with, or the end goal they are seeking.

I'm not saying that your edit was wrong, nor was @Oliver's actions, I'm just trying to present a case where the OP may have felt that it was ok.

  • I guess that is part of my point. A statement, or a statement that ends in a question is less likely to engage the thought process of people looking through the questions.
    – killermist
    Mar 27, 2013 at 23:20

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