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Characters remaining tag?

Travel Forums System Talk Characters remaining tag?

1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Hi Guys,

I just noticed in replying to a message that there was a characters remaining tag at the bottom of the text area.

It's something I wished would be on the blog entry screen as well. I thought it might have been a pain to put it in, but seeing as it already seems to be on your code somewhere I wonder how feasible it would be to but it onto the entry section of a blog.

It's purpose would be to give text heads like me, or writers rather than regular short style bloggers an idea of how much they have entered.

I know there is a limit as I have hit upon it on occasion, and thus had to spit the entry (which is no problem). Just wondering if it would be possible to see the character count somewhere?

Thanks

OC

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Hmm, I could have sworn it was there, but it does look like it's only on the messages and blog comments! Peter, what say you?

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 8y

Actually, I say we remove these limits entirely, both for comments and entries. They really don't serve much purpose anyway.

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

If limits could be removed it's always a good thing, especially if there is no technical reason for them.

Though on the other hand a limit can help the text bloggers out there to shorten their stuff. Thereby making it more readable.

A word count would be nice though. But that's just a personal preference.

I am not sure if that's one of the TP goals, to help people to blog better. e.g. smaller sections. Or if it's a whole freedom of choice thing and its your personal blog so you can write as much as you want etc.

Just my 2 cents

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 8y

I think the only reason the limits were there was to be conservative and avoid REALLY long entries. But when it comes down to it, I do kind of think it is the people's choice to do that kind of thing.

We do however also like the idea of helping people blog better. I think a nicer way to do that is by writing up some blog entries on the topic and referencing those somewhere. We wrote some last year which proved kind of interesting. There's also some talk over the water cooler (metaphorically speaking ;)) to start creating more entries like that on our other site travelblogs.com - it can be used for a broader audience that way.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

I tend to be pretty long winded as well. I have once run up against the blog entry limit, which is why my entry on Trinidad and Tobago was split into two. The only problem with a word count is that I often write my blog offline in Word (or now with the Apple, Pages), and then cut and paste it into the blog entry form.

Removing limits would be fine. I don't think too many people crash up against them. Though it is my mission to write shorter blog entries now that I am over in London. So far, it isn't working out. I really need an editor, I think.

Greg