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.
by Eugene Brennan 17 months ago
by John Hollywood 24 months ago
As an out gay man, I'd like to address a topic that I've noticed in recent months that's extremely disturbing. Specifically, I'm talking about forum posts that are nothing more than homophobic sentiments, disguised in the form of a question. I'm not going to link to these posts because I...
by GoldenBird 6 years ago
There are some troubled men who regularly use forums, and they have not a single hub in their profiles. How come? How is it allowed? I do not get it--- Is HubPages a chat-website?
by Faith Reaper 4 years ago
I know that it is against HP rules for someone to place a link in a comment of a hub, but is it okay for someone to place a link in a comment when answering a question, even if it directs people back to their hub? Also, it seems to be okay to place links in the forums' comments, as the link...
by Nicola Thompson 5 years ago
Do you prefer leaving comments on Hubs, participating in the forums, or answering questions?I personally like the questions as it allows me to wander through a random assortment of questions as they're asked and respond to them. I don't like having to look through the genres of hubs or forums.
by Scott S Bateman 2 weeks ago
NOTE: Sorry, I meant topical and not tropical. Too bad we can't edit our headlines.HP closed a topical forum to new replies for the first time in my memory. You can see why by looking at the posts on there. https://hubpages.com/politics/forum/340 … d-by-4chanNote the line at the bottom that...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|