Would it be possible to introduce a word count limit on forum posts?
Look at the forums and you'll find there's never a good reason for a long forum post.
Spammers write a long post to advertise their DVD ripper or whatever.
Religious fanatics write a long post to preach.
Confused newbies write a long post because they think the forums are where they're supposed to write their stories.
Lazy commenters don't bother to edit the post they're replying to.
Limiting the length of posts would reduce all those abuses and make the forums much nicer to read.
If a person had to edit the post they're replying to,instead of just hitting the button, it would also give them time to calm down before posting their reply!
What planet are you from? Thats way too rational and I don't know about that 'nice' thing. That all sounds less than manly to me. Have you thought about buffing up a bit?
I think that a 200 word limit would be great.
This would be educational: It would teach people to state their case succinctly.
And minimise the repeated responses of 15 screens of someone's cut and pasted junk adding only the profound comment of "I agree".
Cheers, Eric G.
I force myself to write long hubs...I always feel bad that I don't write as much as the other hubbers do in here. So yes I agree!
but ... but ... I can't even complete a coherent thought in less than 200 words.
Besides, twitter allows 160 words, is that enough for a conversation? (erm wait, I think that's 160 characters ... skip that)
What if someone goes into the hospital and needs to relate the events that occurred?
500 might be a more realistic limit
Love the idea. (Yeah, I got my message out in 3 words, until I felt compelled to point out the fact that I got my message out in 3 words.)
IMHO, this is a great idea. If it's not too logistically difficult for the staff to implement, it seems like a win-win.
Maybe much of what is ending up in the forums will be turned in to glorious new hubs instead if there was a word limit. Woohoo!
Can we settle for a one-liner?
And yes, I fully support the idea!
Ditto to Marisa's idea. I'd also like to see quote and reply be two separate buttons and the quote one be put in whatever spot makes it less obvious than reply.
200 words is plenty! Great idea!
I'm not sure I know 200 different words. Does each word count one or do some count 2?
It's an interesting idea, but Marisa you've made a number of posts that considerably exceed that limit, this one for instance, as has Misha, who is normally fairly terse.
I can always split them in two or three Besides, this was 18 months ago, I got better since
Having read my post, I think it only strengthens my argument...
I would be quite happy to edit my posts to stay within a limit, if I felt it was to my benefit otherwise.
Actually I didn't suggest the 200 word limit - I'd probably be a little more generous, say 300 words.
I think the threads announcing HubMob topics, rules, etc. each week need more than that.
Other than that sort of thing, I think it's a great idea.
I like it ,and Im getting better too,usually,sometimes ,mostly.
Hey can you please tell me how to post/reply back without the whole previous post ( I remember Eric demonstating it months back, but um I forgot) thanks.
It's pretty easy. You can see the text you just quoted, so all you have to do is delete the bits you don't need. Just make sure you don't accidentally delete the quote marks (the bits in square brackets)
You click on "post a reply"
Of course, as beenie is proving right now. Length does not always go along with spam...
Go after the spamers as what they are spammers, turn them in.
The threads are fine, limiting speech, means somewone can not present facts to re-but an argument. It kills civil discussion.
Though I admit in a lot of emotional toppics, so much for facts!...lol
Jon in nashville
Jon, people could still circumvent the word limit by making more than one post. And that could be a good thing, because it should be possible to write an effective rebuttal of a point in <300 words. If you're writing more than that, chances are you're trying to rebut more than one point - in which case, splitting them up into separate posts would make it clearer.
I am with you on this Marisa with the recent comments sectiom swamped with words, sometimes i wonder it could well fit a hub. So this should be taken into consideration.
I assume you realise that such a change would have a detrimental effect on the manufacturers of Soap Boxes?
PD, I love love love your avatar. That puppy is soooooo cute.
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo It's Really ME... I've been mucking around with computers since I was Whelped..
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by Kate Swanson 13 years ago
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