Restricting the length of replies.

3 years, 10 months ago

How about putting a maximum on the amount of words one is allowed to use in a reply? I’m not yet sure if I’m a proponent of this so I’m just throwing this out there to see what you think. The thing is, a lot of the posts on HE get kind of lengthy which I generally experience as annoying. When you want to reply on a certain topic, you first have to read through all the messages that have already been posted which can be quite time consuming considering the length of many comments. Generally, a lengthy reply isn’t a better one, oftentimes it gets repetitive and it doesn’t get to the point. Wouldn’t it be better for the sake of the discussions on here to restrict the length a reply can have? It would improve both the quality of the individual replies and the readability of the whole discussion thus making it more inviting to participate. Of course it’s a bad idea to restrict the length of the initial post but other than that what are the downsides? And do they weigh up to the upsides? If this is a bad idea for all of the discussions, would it be a good idea to give the initiator of a discussion the option to restrict the length of it’s replies?

May 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

You must sign in or join to reply!

1
Profile photo of L L (@lbass2) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I agree that it can be irritating to wade through endless comments to get to the meat of what I’m looking for/interested in, but I think restricting the length of posts would damage this community by shattering the perception that what we each have to say is valued.

This forum is often about looking within and questioning that which is around us. I believe that sometimes you have to ramble to reach an epiphany.

On another note- I think social media has killed the attention span. I appreciate that HE is a place I can come without expecting to scan something that’s a mere 140 characters or less and then move on, unaffected.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of mattias mattias (@mattias) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

If you want to reply to something, you don’t have to read what everyone else say first, you are an individual, you answer what you think…
And I would think that HE would be a place where putting restrictions would be counter HE…

Higher Existence is all about not having any restrictions, because there are none!

So quite frankly I think it is a horrid idea…

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Ramo Ramo (@ramo) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

@L + @mattias: hm, cool, cool. Thanks for replying. I agree with you for the most part. Just thought I’d share a crazy idea to see what would come out. It might be so that you sometimes need a ramble to reach an epiphany but that doesn’t mean you can’t ramble to yourself a little before you post in a compact, clear manner what you want to say. Also, for me the problem is not a shortened attention span. I’d be happy to read long texts if they’re well thought out by the person who wrote it (I have to add that on this website the quality of posts is pretty good). Also I wasn’t thinking 140 characters of course, more like somewhere between 500-1000 characters.

Also I do think that reading what has previously been said in a discussion is a good habit. It prevents repetitiveness and it keeps a discussion ‘healthy’ and evolving. Sure you are your own person but that doesn’t mean you cannot anticipate on other people.

Putting up restrictions is counter HE? hmz, it might seem that way but as it is in society it is here: freedom doesn’t necessarily mean having no rules. In fact, we need to have some rules to be able to practise our freedom.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of james james (@jamieeatsworld) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

yea, it can get annoying. but people often have great stuff to say in large quantities.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Michael Michael (@mklrivpwner) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

I know I can be one of those that gets a little lengthy at times. But when I do it’s because there is a point to be made. I’ve noticed on the forums that we are devoted to the complicated questions and indepth conversations. This means complicated and indepth replies. But we also have our light sides with short answers. Not all Philosophy can be shortened to bumper stickers and fortune cookies.

I don’t mean to sound condescending, so I am sorry if I do. But as you said “as it is in society it is here.” Which means sometimes in a conversation you have to listen to a detailed explanation and sometimes you will have a long winded point to make yourself. Hang in there.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Jackson Fry Jackson Fry (@jackdizzle) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

Mattias and alexa gave the reasons against not setting a limit that I was planning to say. I come here to learn as much as possible and connect with people. You can’t put a length on that. This place is unique in an extremely good way. If there was a character limit set, HE would be too much like other social networks in my opinion.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Donna G Donna G (@uhoh2bad) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

OK

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Matt Matt (@mrgeetah) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

restricting the lengths of posts kind of defeats the purpose of HE.

[Hidden]
1
Profile photo of Adam Mac Adam Mac (@emceedan) 3 years, 10 months ago ago

Read faster.

[Hidden]
Reply to this topic
Click here to join the our site-wide 30 Day Dream Journaling Challenge! Challenge Yourself

More Posts Like This

1

Profile photo of LVX The Big Bang Theory Is Wrong

Every single individual atom is alive with a unique consciousness Your mind is the ruler of these atoms, whatever you think attracts certain atoms with a similar vibration and motivates them to carry on life processes...

13
1

Profile photo of LVX I Need Help Finding Quality Spiritual Literature

Hello everyone, I’m currently writing a piece of fiction whose story revolves around three spiritual topics: the chakras, yin and yang or polarity/duality, and the godhead or Tao. I have found a variety of...

2
3

Profile photo of LVX The KABALAH!

Since all the threads I have found on this subject are old, I felt the need to make a fresh one dedicated to this most awesome system of ‘Life’ study. Those who wonder what it is, please ask, and those who...

78
3

Profile photo of JustinDanger Sexual/Emotional Chemistry – Why is this so hard to find?

So prior to meeting someone in person I had already developed an immediate connection with them online. It was 2 hours of back and forth jibber jabber (nothing serious, just friendly discussion as if we have been friends...

3
76

Profile photo of Degrees Of Light [Official] The Damn Good Music List

One of the most beautiful songs I have heard lately is a remix of the theme song from Inception. Here’s a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se5NBKNcsy4 What songs/artists do you love?

1,176
4

Profile photo of Jazi Only way to relax…

My name is Criss and after smoking weed for about 7 years, I’m finally thinking about stopping. Just recently I started noticing that I’m becoming extremely forgetful. It’s only simple things but...

6
1

Profile photo of llamaz MDMA or Methylone

Okay guys, 2 grams of brown MDMA, due to my chemical backround im aware that brown mdma is possible and its a result of failure to wash the final product with acetone. Now to further explain this “mdma” i...

2
1

Profile photo of martha98 Happiness?

Is nirvana remotely possible for human beings? I’ve often been thinking about how happiness can become an everyday thing… and most of the time, it seems utterly impossible. How can someone be ultimately...

3
3

Profile photo of sian We Are All One, But Why?

I’ll leave this open ended…

11
5

Profile photo of aidan Life-Stories

Hi guys, I’m on this quest for myself, to know the mind of our society, through the individual. It would mean allot to me if you’re willing to share your story, long or short. What are the milestones in your...

7
4

Profile photo of aidan The most terrible fear

I have an ongoing fear of insanity. Serious insanity, but it’s not that I’ll lose grip on reality – it’s that reality itself is the insanity. I don’t believe there is such thing as insanity,...

18
3

Profile photo of BobbyDukkha Null Physics

So, from what I have learned in the past year the concept of nothing exists in relation to the concept of something. If nothing exists, then something therefore must exist. And if something exist, vice versa, nothing...

17
1

Profile photo of JustinDanger On the fourth blood moon…

So what theories have you guys heard about what will happen on the fourth blood moon? I heard it’s been known that everytime the world goes through the 4 blood moons something big happens in Israel (religious...

6
5

Profile photo of Megan What do you Fear?

As I was reading posts and responding to them I decided I wanted to get some input from you all on a topic that I toil over quite often. Everywhere I look I see things like “conquer your fears”, “fear...

31
4

Profile photo of JustinDanger I Want To Learn To Accept Myself

I feel a lot of my social anxiety and problems stem from a lack of acceptance of myself. I think I’m awesome, fun to be around, and a good person, but I just don’t accept myself. I would say I lack a bit of...

6