12 votes

Visual investigations: How a Presidential rally turned into a Capitol rampage // Insurrection at the Capitol: A timeline of how it happened

5 comments

  1. [5]
    emdash
    (edited )
    Link
    I can never decide which title is the correct one when there's a difference between the <title> element and the text presented on-screen as the headline. I've very specifically chosen to include...

    I can never decide which title is the correct one when there's a difference between the <title> element and the text presented on-screen as the headline. I've very specifically chosen to include both here because I think they both are good—feel free to change this if someone disagrees.

    I found this high-level overview of the attacks a great read. I try not to get too deep down the well, but still sometimes like clarification or context on the big picture, and this interactive by the New York Times does that very effectively in timeline format.

    3 votes
    1. AugustusFerdinand
      Link Parent
      Presented titles, in my experience, can and often change with an ongoing story. While this isn't an ongoing story, I think the presented one is correct and is what I usually go for unless it is...

      Presented titles, in my experience, can and often change with an ongoing story. While this isn't an ongoing story, I think the presented one is correct and is what I usually go for unless it is sensationalized and then I'll go for element, or un-sensationalize it.

      1 vote
    2. [2]
      mrbig
      Link Parent
      The title in the body of the text is the one people are most likely to read. I think it makes sense to use it.

      The title in the body of the text is the one people are most likely to read. I think it makes sense to use it.

      1 vote
      1. petrichor
        Link Parent
        Conversely, because people will read the title in the body of the text regardless, you may as well use just <title> as the post title instead.

        Conversely, because people will read the title in the body of the text regardless, you may as well use just <title> as the post title instead.

        1 vote
    3. hungariantoast
      Link Parent
      If you want, these two titles could just be combined a bit. Something like: Honestly, titles are the silliest thing. I've been thinking for a bit about maybe we ought to experiment and not use...

      If you want, these two titles could just be combined a bit. Something like:

      Visual timeline of how a Presidential rally turned into insurrection at the Capitol

      Honestly, titles are the silliest thing. I've been thinking for a bit about maybe we ought to experiment and not use them when posting topics? So instead of titles we'd just have brief summaries of each article or a snippet from them.

      That probably sounds like a weird idea, or "titles, but more complicated", but I really think most titles are... not necessary, and at the very least we should think about de-emphasizing titles over excerpts or snippets (like those that some people post as comments).

      1 vote