This is just a guess, but if you give some people a chance they will write a novella of a reply completely taking over the comments.
It is very difficult to encapsulate an abstract idea in 250 words much less characters.
I agree, you're probably right. Forum replies can be indefinitely long and threads often extend over multiple pages. I presume the idea of the Q & A section is to keep everything concise.
I've wished more room was available at times but the challenge of the 250 word limit is a useful way to work on refining my writing. Concise yet meaningful sentences make for great articles!
The original idea of the Q&A was to ask questions you wanted to know the answer to (preferably in the shape of a Hub) - things like "does anyone know how to fix a broken snaffelpuffer?" - not a place to conduct debates. That's what the topical forums are for.
"How to Fix a Broken Snaffelpuffer" - Hmm, you've just given me inspiration for writing a new hub
Hmmm...now, is a snaffelpuffer a saddle for a snuffaluffagus? ;-)
I do find it hard, sometimes, to limit characters so strictly. But 250 is nearly twice what Twitter allows--so it seems 'generous' by comparison.
Nonetheless, I do believe such character-delimited forums are what gave rise to the 'text-speak' shorthand, such as LOL, CUL8TR, BRB, IDK, and the like. B4 U get mad @ ur kid 4 using it; reflect on these limitations online! ;-)
A lot of people write questions when they should be putting the topic into a forum. However, a lot of people are ignorant about forums. The first time I posted a topic for discussion in a forum, somebody jumped down my throat and said we couldn't use forums for that and that it had to go into the Q & A. I was mortified, but then somebody else corrected them and said that I had done it properly in the Freeforum. That discussion alone was interesting even if it was off topic. I don't mind seeing the texting shorthand in Q & A, but I notice that some ppl. r using it 4 4ums. Catch my drift?
A book can be written in 250 words. It's all about how use the.
People create viral tweets in 140 words. 250 words in two much to answer any question.
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