337 of 476 (70%) questions contain the word "how" in their title. Most of them with "how" as the first word.
These types of titles that start with
- how to
- how do
- how can
are too bland.
They fail rules 1-4 of How do I write a good title.
I believe this is hurting page views. Imagine if you were on the site the first time because your search result hit a question on Lifehacks. Yes, that's good so far. But then you go to look for more questions or see more questions on the "related sidebar" and all the titles start with "how to". Boring.
Now imagine you're not a newbie, and try to go through the last couple days worth of questions, and they all start with "how to". Very uninteresting. You have to learn how to block out the first couple of words in order to skim the titles faster to see what the question is about.
Like that answer states
This is a question site, and people will understand your titles are questions.
So instead of writing titles like
write them like
"stripped screw heads stressing me out"
"preventing battery leakage"
"key rings are such a pain in the nails"
"stripped screw heads"
"prevent batteries from leaking"
"painless method of adding/removing keys on a key ring"
is a lot better.