Unfortunately, I can't seem to duplicate this experience. But a little while ago I started to write a comment to a Hub and got that warning (in red) before I was done with my comment. Am I hallucinating?
I just went and put a 4-letter word comment on your latest hub. There were no problems.
I thought so! And ty for the short comment.
But I don't think my eyes deceived me...maybe HP is up to another change and testing it out on select Hubbers.
I have had this happen to me on comments and in the forums. You are hallucinating, unless we're in this dream together!
LOL, paradigmsearch, I just went to leave a comment on my Hub to your comment. It was just a smiley..., and here's the message I got just as I typed it in, in red:
Your comment is rather short.
I guess they're not doing it to me because they already know I'm an illiterate commenter (Level One).
what keystroke combination makes this laughing face, paradigmsearch?
: lol : without the spaces between the colons
": l o l :" without the spaces or quotes. Also, click on the formatting doohickey, lower right for more info.
I like the idea...it gives a warning that "Nice" or "Good Hub" don't qualify as valid/meaningful comments, especially since HP now has that commenter level thing. But it would be nice to let folks know that changes are happening rather than letting folks find them out by error, accident, or default.
Here's a thought.
How about writing:
"I'm writing the minimum number of words to not get my comment flagged before I put in a smiley face which really is all I wanted to say."
I have seen it before when i have tried to answer a question in the answers section with a simple yes or no but never in a hub or forum.....jimmy
Yes, I have seen this happening for months now in comments on Hubs that look like they are rather short. I usually just add a few more words and it is fine.
Has there ever been an official blog post or post in the official forum threads to tell us about this? I never saw it before today.
Not that I know of, but I only noticed it by accident as I usually leave longer comments.
Getting the message "Your comment is rather short.", would make me chuckle. It sounds kind of like a friendly observation, rather than a warning! I haven't experienced this so far, as I do tend to go on a bit in my comments. I'd find it hard to write a one-word answer to anything, lol!
The funny thing is that this message pops up before you finish your comment. Like, if you pause to think while in the middle of a comment, it's there.
I don't think it's a friendly observation. I think it's a way to cover HP's algo for determining level-setting for commenters. I'm a level-6 commenter, but plenty are higher than that not because they leave rich comments, but only because they comment...a lot.
Food for thought, especially in the absence of any word from HP.
That has happened to me even though I wrote a complete sentence,at least.
So, we've got to wonder what this is about. I find it grossly annoying, as a message in bold and red text, but I also find it inappropriate. At least let this message appear when you submit your comment, but not before. And it also annoys me that there's been nothing from HP that explains what this is.
I had this happen too! Apparently, being concise is not what we are here for! Oh, boy, am I in trouble!
I don't think you are in any trouble at all...maybe HP is. To be concise is to make a point in few words. Whatever is going on here isn't discriminating between contributing and spamming.
Now that I think about it a bit more, is there a value HP is placing on numbers of words as opposed to the content of the words? This reminds me of the poetry debate.
I got this same message before too when I typed the word "hi" and pressed the enter button accidentally
This is so interesting. Sort of like a ghost popping up now and again. HP at work on another improvement?
Hi all. There has been a minimum length rule for comments for quite a while, but we recently upgraded the code we use to detect and message it, which inadvertantly caused the error to be checked while typing, rather than just on submit, as it was before. I'll do a bit of tuning to switch it back to being submit only. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion.
Ty, Tom, for the response, but that still doesn't address the question about the value of a concise and totally appropriate comment which may not meet HP's requirement for numbers of words. There is a world in a grain of sand (William Blake).
Unaccustomed as i am to making comment for the lack of brevity. I find it far too hard to make short succinct comment but on this occasion i have very little to say in this thread other that an simple comment like nice hub
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