knowing whether a short title has been taken already or not
I'm not sure whether it matters anymore, but on the old version of the site, you were not allowed to assign essays a short title that had already been used before, and the system let you know (can't remember exactly how) if you were picking one that had already been used. On the current site, when you are adding essays, there's no way to know whether a short title has been used before. EDIT; The instructions underneath this field should also be rewritten so that they are crystal clear to the thread editor what exactly a short title should entail. Editors should decide whether they want to keep the 13-letter-or-less adjectival-form.