Restricting the length of replies.
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?
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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.
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…
@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.
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.
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.