I disagree with disabling what is actually a useful feature (also, you’re not a doofus ). I do understand your point, and it certainly wasn’t the purpose of this feature to use Pit thread titles as insult-enablers in regular forum posts. But let me make a couple of counterpoints.
First of all, it’s always been allowable to say something to the effect of “you have been pitted” along with a link in any forum, AFAIK, to whatever gross insults one wants to provide in the Pit, which readers can follow or not, as they wish. I realize this is a little different, but the Pit is part of this board and cross-linkages between the main fora and the Pit have always been around.
But more importantly, I submit the following philosophical point. Pittings are generally made for good reason, and in the small number of cases when they are not, the pitting OP generally regrets it when it backfires on them – i.e.- in addition to all the rules and the mods who enforce them, there is an aspect of the board that is self-policing, and does not suffer fools gladly. So if someone makes a Pit thread and links to a post that creates a link in a mainstream forum post with an unflattering title, there’s probably a good reason and perhaps we can be thick-skinned enough to endure it.
OTOH, just like with any undesirable behavior, if someone does this gratuitiously, solely for the purpose of being insulting while working around the rules, I believe such a poster would be dumped on by the community and furthermore could be moderated and sanctioned for it.
tl;dr: I don’t think this is a real problem, and asking TPTB to jump through hoops to disable a useful board feature is asking for a “solution” to a problem that is largely non-existent, IMHO.