Laura (bunsennbeaker) wrote in suggestions,
Laura
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Preventing Comments from being Over Max Length

Title
Preventing Comments from being Over Max Length

Short, concise description of the idea
Since (last I checked) comments are limited to a certain # of characters, make the comment boxes "stop" the users from typing if they reach the limit.

Full description of the idea
People (including me) get wordy at times. So far, if I have more than x number of characters to say, I get this screen saying to shorten it... sometimes, I can go back and retrieve the old comment, but I think that is a fluke considering it only works about 5% of the time. I've tried with 2 browsers on different computers, and it just doesn't do it for me. Anyway, instead of having to retype it all, would it be possible to make comment boxes like forms I have seen elsewhere that will make an icky ding sound and stop accepting characters if you go over the limit? I don't really like the comment character limit, but I figure this is easier to implement and subject to no abusive 50k character comments.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Self explanatory--no retyping of comments or having to "count" them in a word program if something is very lengthy. Also saves bandwidth because the person only loads the comment and verification pages once.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • I know it is implemented elsewhere--college and job applications, contests that require essays, etc. have this encoding often. I don't know enough about coding to know how hard it is to program this into LJ.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • I think it is really just changing something about the actual comment box's coding, which seems pretty universal around LJ, but I'm not the wizard :)
  • If this was suggested earlier, I apologize--I looked through all the comment memories and didn't see anything resembling it.
  • Tags: comment creation, comments, usability, user interface, § historical
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