Looking at a recent, well I didn't ask much lately.., question of mine on butchering dragons, I see again that people often do not even want to read the actual question but just want to react to the first few words without using their brains or anything else..
The original title of that question was "How to cook your dragon", a title intended to be a reference to a certain movie about dragons and vikings, as well as a catchy eye-catcher to gather attention to the question.
The body of the question itself as well as the bold single-sentence question at the end was asking about the single aspect of butchering a dragon, e.g. what cuts to make from which parts of it.
Looking at another question, here on the meta, asking about if question titles need be questions themselves it seems to be a problem having been encountered by others as well.
This discussion is meant to discuss and hopefully find a consensus on why/how/what and other fancy w-questions regarding question titles opposed to the actual question.
Why are people not able to read the question itself, and why do they when you point it out to them insist that you, the question poster, are wrong and they are right?
(Yes, this is a grief-laden subject for me, because I've had some questions that have been swarmed with good answers that were totally off-topic.. and I do not want to have to flag them for deletion if I do not have to.
Every good answer that doesn't handle the question makes me feel that I have failed in writing a clear question :/)