Some questions, such as this (until I edited it), have abbreviations in it that those 'in the know' would know what they refer to (for example, 'st:tng').

A possible concern would be: if this site is to be searchable from the outside (e.g., 'Google'), or internal search-fields, do such abbreviations 'stunt' some of this site's use as a reference? The question is, should this be discouraged- or even just a target for edits without calling them out? Or is this somehow back-end solved with the tag feature (ie, search-engines see 'star-trek-tng' as 'star trek: the next generation')?

The question I linked-to did not have 'Goblet of Fire' spelled-out anywhere in the question.

There are others I found; but they're easy to find, I felt no need to directly ruffle-feathers.

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    Slightly amusing side-note, the example acronym chosen (st:tng) is recognized by Google - it inserts the abbreviated Wikipedia page in the sidebar!
    – Izkata
    Commented Mar 2, 2013 at 2:53

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In such cases, please edit the question to have no abbreviation in the title, and all acronyms expanded the first time they're used.

(As you did. Thank you.)

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    Aye-aye. I just wish 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' wasn't such an mouthful.
    – Solemnity
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 4:32

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