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i'm just wondering, as i've gotten a couple of "your message must be at least 50 characters" messages and never have before :

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I have no idea, I am checking on that. Something new might have been added.

I got tagged for it too.

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I was just coming to ask about this, but it wouldn't let me fill in the title box to start a new thread!
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maybe it's a response to discourage power posting as well. this is, after all, a discussion forum!
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i don't understand why somthing like this would be happening, much less why a mod wouldn't know about it.
I am an administrator.


Sometimes the software does weird things unexpectedly.

If the person updating the software doesn't know it is going to start doing that, so doesn't warn the staff ahead of time we certainly wouldn't be aware of it.

Honestly I mentioned a character requirement a couple years ago, so I am fully in favor of one, it was just a surprise.

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unfortunatly it means when its a thread where theres nothing much you can offer other than a hug of support,m you now have to blabber your way through 50 characters to offer the hug.
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unfortunatly it means when its a thread where theres nothing much you can offer other than a hug of support,m you now have to blabber your way through 50 characters to offer the hug.


That's four characters for the hug...So offer 13 hugs? Just maximize the love

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That's four characters for the hug...So offer 13 hugs? Just maximize the love
so true, add in a group hug as well...... maybe some flowers.......
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A couple years ago I noticed another forum (ok it was a Harry Potter board, sue me ) requires three lines of text for posts.

I mentioned it to Cynthia as people were getting flamed for posting single smilies in too many posts.

Yes, the point of it is to reduce power posting, which, IMO isn't actually making a contribution. At what point is it excessive? How many thousands of posts does someone need to make consisting of only ":" before it is a nuisance?

Power posting isn't contributing, it is artificially inflating one's post count for no other reason than a high post count.

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I was just coming here to see if anyone posted about it.

A couple things are messed up with my mdc viewing lately. I thought it was my computer acting up but now I'm sure it's on mdc's end.

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How many thousands of posts does someone need to make consisting of only ":" before it is a nuisance?
ITA :

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I was just coming here to see if anyone posted about it.

A couple things are messed up with my mdc viewing lately. I thought it was my computer acting up but now I'm sure it's on mdc's end.
It could be, what is it doing so I can take a look at it?

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A couple years ago I noticed another forum (ok it was a Harry Potter board, sue me ) requires three lines of text for posts.

I mentioned it to Cynthia as people were getting flamed for posting single smilies in too many posts.

Yes, the point of it is to reduce power posting, which, IMO isn't actually making a contribution. At what point is it excessive? How many thousands of posts does someone need to make consisting of only ":" before it is a nuisance?
sometimes someone has said everything you would have, so a : is all that really fits after that (does quoting their post count as characters?)

I could see it being excessive if you went to nearly every new thread and did it, but sometimes theres just not much to say when someone has already given great advice you agree with, or if theres a tradgedy or a day that just requires hugs of support etc.
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Power posting isn't contributing, it is artificially inflating one's post count for no other reason than a high post count.
Power posting also makes the server cry.

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Yes, the point of it is to reduce power posting, which, IMO isn't actually making a contribution. At what point is it excessive? How many thousands of posts does someone need to make consisting of only ":" before it is a nuisance?

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Its too bad though, that you can't just call out the most obvious guilty parties.
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sometimes someone has said everything you would have, so a : is all that really fits after that (does quoting their post count as characters?)

I could see it being excessive if you went to nearly every new thread and did it, but sometimes theres just not much to say when someone has already given great advice you agree with, or if theres a tradgedy or a day that just requires hugs of support etc.
I understand.

It can be hard to threads where horrible situations have occurred as it can be so hard to find something to say. However it isn't those threads that are a concern.

There is a huge fad going on the boards with power posting and it is annoying people.

This is simply experimental. I like it, but I might be in the minority.

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Power posting isn't contributing, it is artificially inflating one's post count for no other reason than a high post count.
OK, but will this be in effect across the board? What about games, for example, where sometimes the whole point is a one word answer (and it doesn't count toward your post count anyway)? Will that be exempt, I guess?

And what about intros where sometimes you just to say "welcome" to someone?

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It could be, what is it doing so I can take a look at it?
The subject lines are all wonky. LOL. (not lined up properly)

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OK, but will this be in effect across the board? What about games, for example, where sometimes the whole point is a one word answer (and it doesn't count toward your post count anyway)? Will that be exempt, I guess?

And what about intros where sometimes you just to say "welcome" to someone?
Oohh....games

I will ask if it can be turned on and off for some forums. We might be able to do that.

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I understand.

It can be hard to threads where horrible situations have occurred as it can be so hard to find something to say. However it isn't those threads that are a concern.

There is a huge fad going on the boards with power posting and it is annoying people.

This is simply experimental. I like it, but I might be in the minority.
i do agree in part with a charater minimum, maybe just not so long? would 30 characters be easier to work with, ive noticed mods even having to add smilies etc just to meet the minimum

also, like eVC, would games be exempt? i couldnt imagine posting on the word association thread where you are only supposed to put a word, and suddenly having to make it up to 50 characters.
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The subject lines are all wonky. LOL. (not lined up properly)
It looks like a couple of things are wonky. I'll check on it.

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The subject lines are all wonky. LOL. (not lined up properly)
I can't start new threads because I can't type in the title box. So it's not just you.

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i do agree in part with a charater minimum, maybe just not so long? would 30 characters be easier to work with, ive noticed mods even having to add smilies etc just to meet the minimum

also, like eVC, would games be exempt? i couldnt imagine posting on the word association thread where you are only supposed to put a word, and suddenly having to make it up to 50 characters.
The word association conga line is what I thought of when you mentioned that.

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I can't start new threads because I can't type in the title box. So it's not just you.
I can't start new threads either.

I whined about it to Cynthia.

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sometimes someone has said everything you would have, so a is all that really fits after that
Copy and paste as needed:

I wholeheartedly concur with what the above poster has written. So a big :

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I actually like it too, except for the really hard threads. I never know what to say when someone has lost a child or has had another tragedy.

Even this is still too short for the 50 requirement:
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I am so very sorry for your loss.
50 is too much. How about 25? I think if it isn't lower you will have a lot of "drive by readers" who read and then don't post, which is really discouraging to someone who is dealing with something so sad. 100 views and 10 posts.

ETA: I run co-ops, and sometimes all I need to post is...you total is 32.14.
What the heck else am I supposed to add to that?
Also, participants post...funded paypal sent ...etc. There's going to be a lot of fluff going on, no offensive to the diaper boards.

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I actually like it too, except for the really hard threads. I never know what to say when someone has lost a child or has had another tragedy.

Even this is still too short for the 50 requirement:


50 is too much. How about 25? I think if it isn't lower you will have a lot of "drive by readers" who read and then don't post, which is really discouraging to someone who is dealing with something so sad. 100 views and 10 posts.
Yeah I understand, it can be really hard on those sort of threads.

I'll ask about turning it on for certain forums and not in others.

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I didn't notice - I rarely post less than 50 characters, I tend to be extremely wordy!

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i totaly agree with that statment. also just saying that you agree, like i am trying to, need alot of extra characters.
But why? Why do you need to respond to something when someone has already responded the same way? Just silently nod your head and move on to another thread or think of something eloquent to say.

I think it's a fantastic idea.
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