Should nonsensical question titles be edited?
This title is not nonsensical.
Here is my thinking when I wrote the title:
- In this SE site many readers will know a bit about dynamics, and "tennis racket theorem" is a real thing. That's the name chosen in Wikipedia's Tennis racket theorem article, chosen over "intermediate axis theorem" or "Dzhanibekov effect".
- These days searches in SE or with search engines are not specifically keyed off of titles, and arguments about "won't show up in searches" are probably baseless.
I've written thousands of SE question titles and I almost always put a lot of thought into them, sometimes revising them several times in the first few hours as I consider further. In this case I felt and still feel that the title is sufficiently clear and absolutely relevant.
And what's wrong with an occasional title that also attract views anyway? If it brings more readers to the excellent and authoritative answer then where is the harm?
However: if you can propose a different title that still captures the "tennis racketness" of the physics of the problem, maybe we can find one we both think is better!
This makes it useless in search results, which harms the value of the question.
I think that may be a false flag. These days search functions tend to be good, and will get even better, and search results always contain snippets of the relevant content for instant visual confirmation.
Searching google for "iss intermediate axis" or Space SE for "iss intermediate" both yield my question and thus your answer as the first result, though who knows how google sorts results. I'd appreciate someone else check that as well.
above: When I didn't specify the site, the question and its snippet still came up on the first page.