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Word/Character limit for posts?

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Word/Character limit for posts?
Posted by dirkpitt77 on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:11 PM

  Anyone know what the word/character limit is for each post?



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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:33 PM


(I can put my wife on here to see, though)

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:46 PM

There are a few members here than can be quite long in their posts... No apparent limit on those noticed yet.


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Posted by SuppressionFire on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 5:20 AM

Long rambles more than a paragraph remain mostly unread unless broken up in point form.



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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:55 AM

Hi Chris,

There isn't a character limit, although, as suppression says, if long posts ain't in paragraphs, they're probably going to go unread.

Have you encountered a problem?


Timothy Kidwell
FineScale Modeler


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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:34 AM

I agree about long posts, especially with no paragraphs.  But even so, if it goes much beyond what I can see on my monitor without scrolling I likely will not scroll down very far before losing interest.

Same thing with pictures. I love posts with a few pictures, but 20 or 30 or more are too much. I give up.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:37 AM

Is there a limit on the number of photos in posts?  Not having any problem, just curious.  Another forum I belong to limits us to 10 photos per post (I use Photobucket and link them).

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Posted by TarnShip on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:07 PM

There is a limit to how long a post can be for some people, especially the newbies to this forum/software.  It can be fixed, however.

If you just use the reply box at the bottom a a thread, you get to typing along, and you might discover that after you have typed any fairly long page, the Blue Reply button has disappeared.

To fix this if it happens to you, you can then use Control-X for the last two-thirds of your post, this shrinks your reply box back down so the button shows, then you click on "Use rich formatting" and paste your 2/3 post back into place,,,,,,,,they you can continue typing and you will have the Reply button again when you finish.

You don't have to believe me, just type abc, Enter, abc, Enter a bunch of times and you will see the limit that the button disappears.


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Posted by dirkpitt77 on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 2:56 PM

I haven't encountered any problems, Tim (and all).

  I'm a free lance writer and I will occasionally share an essay on any given forum where I'm a member, like on the offroad forum, modeling forums, writing, etc.  I wanted to do that here in the Ready Room, but it's 13,000 words and if there is no way to format paragraphs it will be a difficult read.


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Posted by jtilley on Friday, June 13, 2014 3:52 PM

I've gotten into the habit of hitting the "Return" key twice when I want to end a paragraph. That produces a gap, rather than indentation, but I think it serves the purpose.

I wish I had a dollar for every college undergraduate who's had to listen to my paragraph sermon. "Your entire essay consists of one paragraph. That tells me you aren't THINKING in paragraphs. And if you don't think in paragraphs you can't write a coherent essay."

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Posted by DUSTER on Friday, June 13, 2014 10:21 PM

Perhaps some post should be limited in content.  Who is  to be assigned this task? Who authorizes him to set a limit? What if you disagree with that length (either too long or too short)?  What if your post is found to be noncompliant to the "new post order" ?  or is it just the other guys posts that are the problem?

Yes possibly  some  readers may become bored or in too much in a hurry to bother with a whole post. Perhaps in this "text message age" there is an expectation of brevity, abbreviations, character symbols, even at the loss of true clarity.  However if the author is trying to get a particular point across, make a statement, sway an opinion or even advance an opinion. The the length of the post should be as long as the author feels is needed to accomplish that task.

It would then fall to the reader to continue on or stop. There are no extra points for finishing a long post; Just as there are no extra points for writing a short post.

To paraphrase, one mans overlong post is another mans succinct explanation.

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Posted by jtilley on Saturday, June 14, 2014 1:03 AM

Seems to me that there's a simple remedy for posts that a particular Forum member thinks are too long.

Don't read them.

Nowadays that's my response to just about any big mass of words that isn't broken into reasonable paragraphs. I had to read tons of such stuff when I was in school, and I still have to choke down my share of it in student exams, papers, and theses. Now I'm semi-retired, so I can pick the books I WANT to read. And I certainly don't have to plow through marathon, un-paragraphed posts in a hobby forum.

I do remember an anecdote I heard from a museum curator. As a test, the museum put up an enormous label  for an exhibit - one paragraph of about 200 words. About 2/3 of the way through was the sentence: "If you've read this far, go to the front desk and claim your cash prize." Nobody ever did.

Over in the "Ships" Forum, fortunately, super-long posts don't seem to be much of a problem. I'm probably the worst offender - and mine are, at least, broken up into paragraphs.

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:13 AM

Hey , Proff !

 I do try , Honestly . Sometimes it comes out in a jumble . And I certainly didn't write it that way .

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Posted by BarrettDuke on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:38 AM

13,000 words in these little boxes! Yikes!! That's past my limit for sure. Why not just provide a link with a description of what a reader will get out of it if he reads it?

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Posted by G-J on Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:15 PM

or a TL;DR

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:13 PM

Wow. All this from a question on character limits..........

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