I usually try to keep my titles as simple as possible, sometimes just a single word. (Actually, I think most of my threads have single word titles...)
If people skip over it because of the title, oh well - I'm not too woried about it.
Frankly, I'm used to my pictures going unnoticed, and I guess I'm OK with that. Of course I like it when other people enjoy my pictures - but if they don't like it, it doesn't bother me much.
I too usually skip over the threads with titles that imply that the pictures inside suck...
When I read "car" I know I'm probably not going to open that thread. Or "gun", for that matter... :meh:
Though -surprise-surprise to many?- I still go look if people manage to photograph "flowers" well.
I have to agree with Fox Paw about titles with "My First.... whatever."
When is see "C&C PLEASE!!" and see 6, 16, 20+ attachments, I pretty much run.
And when I do open a thread, and begin to read how the poster is so pleased with himself (usually a guy), saying how clever they are or how they seem to have "arrived," I pretty much shut down.
Also, when I do find an image from a maker wanting a critique, the title will have an impact on my feedback. For instance, if the image is a landscape of a creek in the woods in winter, and the overall balance really cool... bluish, and the titile is "Fridgid Silence," I know what the maker is trying to depict. I don't mind (maybe even like) the blue tones. However, the same image titled "A shot from last week" makes me want to advise how to get proper color balance.