Alicia 'Xellandria' Kilpatrick (xella) wrote in suggestions,
Alicia 'Xellandria' Kilpatrick

Extending the comment character limit

Extending the comment character limit

Short, concise description of the idea
Changing the number of characters allowed in a comment to a larger amount.

Full description of the idea
I'm constantly finding myself needing more than 4,300 characters (12k in english text) to explain an idea or visual, and more often than not, it's only by a few hundred or so. Raising the maximum character limit to a higher value -- say, 5,000, although any number above 4,300 would certainly work very nicely -- would allow the more talkative people to say what they want to without having to find a good place to split their paragraph, while unaffecting the less ramble-inclined whatever.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Fewer split comments means less load time, saving bandwidth and patience for other, more important matters on both ends
  • Lower rate of "eaten" comments (and in the process, less stressed-out users =3)
  • Less strain on the mail server for comment notifications
  • Less HD space (for storing the keyword for the second comment's userpic, etc.) -- although admittedly, it's probably an insanely small amount saved.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • More HD space potentially used per-comment
  • More comment room for spammers/trolls who like to put whole webpages in the comment field
  • Heavy-activity entries would be more likely to require the nesting-threads that happens in/around 30~50 comments
  • 4300 could easily be a special number and thus needs to be kept
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • In the comment section of the code that runs the site is a "maxlimit" number and some line like "if characters<4300, then displayerror: no, dude, you can't do that oO" -- changing the 4300 to 5000 (10,000 would probably end up being the absolute max you could do. If you're writing 10,000 character comments, you should just make a new entry, seriously) seems to be the only thing that would need to be changed for the length limit change to take effect.
  • Tags: comments, data limitations, § historical
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