If there's a Yes/No question in the headline ...

… then the answer is always no.

Is flying more dangerous than ever?

I hate this tactic; it’s lousy journalism and just bad for everyone. I suppose this could have been in the Pit, but it’s just not worth it.

It works for posts too. “Am I the only one who [fill in the blank]?”

No. It doesn’t matter what’s in the blank; you are never the only one. STOP IT.

The kind that bugs me here (and other places too) are the ones that beg a very debatable question, like “Why are <race> people more <bad thing>?” or “Why does <woo> work so well?”


Betteridge’s law of headlines

It’s not journalism at all.

I’m not so sure about this one.

So, I’m not the only one who hates those types of posts? Right on.

I hate the “Has anyone ever [done something]?” when what they’re really asking is “Has anyone here ever [done something]?”

My reflexive thought whenever I see one of those headlines is “why the heck are you asking me? You’re the “journalist”, do your job.”

Would Lynch come back to play for Raiders? Of course not, what do you think retirement means?

Two thumbs up for the increasingly rare usage of “beg the question” to mean “state a questionable premise as fact” !!! :slight_smile:

I blame the English teachers, they are not teaching kids how to write a decent question.

So the OP should have been:

Am I the only one who thinks the answer to headlines framed as questions is always no?

Opportunity squandered, Telemark.

<Hangs head in shame>

You think that’s lousy journalism, wait till you hear the second line: “Details at ten”.

When I was writing radio ad copy, they told us not to start out with a question. The listener would say “no” and ignore the ad.

Perhaps the ultimate clickbait headline is the listicle framed as a rhetorical question.

Are these the five biggest health secrets that the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know about?

I think we need a name for this.

Is the Answer to This Headline “no”?

Isamu, get with the program. The way to ask your question is:

Am I the only one who thinks the answer to this headline is “no”?

I consider those types of headlines the early form of the Godforsaken “Top 10 [insert amazing thing here]… #3 will amaze you!”

Shitty Clickbait