Apple 3.0 character limit set at 1,500 (225 words)

Speed bumps in place. After 500 characters, posts get a [More] button. At 1,500, posters get a warning.

Let’s give it a month and see how it feels. The cut-offs are adjustable.

Thanks for your feedback, and your forbearance.

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  1. David Emery said:
    If you can tell how many times the “read more” button is pressed, that’ll provide measurable feedback on how much people want to read longer comments.

    May 23, 2020
  2. Frank Pedron said:
    I like that the “READ MORE” option seems to kick in at 500 characters. Great!

    IMO this beats an “Ignore” function since it still gives all commenters an opportunity to hook me in with a good lead.

    I welcome all perspectives because that’s the only way to learn how the world works, but I get irritated when recycled, dogmatic wind is blown at me.

    May 23, 2020
  3. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    @ PED —

    My take: Stop right there.

    Your simple implementation of the “more” button is all you really need to bridle us word warriors.

    Any open-speech limit is just that — a limit. Why go there when you can easily give us all this simple “open-that-door-if-you-dare” choice?

    I, for one, sometimes enjoy doing the deep-dive read into the thoughts, concerns and comments from all participants. This sanguine addition of the “more” continuance allows for a “switch on/off” approach to editing one’s intake of all comments while preserving the full heartiness of the site without the sting of the slap-on-the-wrist of character counts.

    (I also trust all who join in will also have the discipline to know when their comment cup is effectively full.)

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
    — Leonardo da Vinci

    May 23, 2020
  4. Jerry Doyle said:
    This new method feels good PED. It is a common sense approach to reach consensus for those who prefer comments of brevity and for those who are willing to take a deeper dive, as brother Kirk DeBernardi says, into the thoughts, concerns and comments from all participants.

    May 23, 2020
  5. Jim Fournier said:
    Excellent concept, well executed. Definitely improves my enjoyment of the comments section.

    May 23, 2020

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