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I would like to ask a question about the length of post titles ie: how long is too long? Because some post titles seem to be so long it's almost like the whole post is in the title, for example this one. And I have to admit that at times I find this to be

Starling
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Jun 20 2013, 4:41am

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I would like to ask a question about the length of post titles ie: how long is too long? Because some post titles seem to be so long it's almost like the whole post is in the title, for example this one. And I have to admit that at times I find this to be Can't Post

ever so slightly irritating.
On TORn 201 it says something about using what you see on the boards as guidance.
So, how long is too long?


Ataahua
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Jun 20 2013, 4:46am

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We used to ask people [In reply to] Can't Post

to shorten subject lines when they pushed out the margins of the discussion board, but that happens less these days with wider computer monitors. (And I think the new discussion boards wrap-around subject lines better than OldTorn did.)

Personally, I liken over-long subject lines to an itch that I can't scratch.

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Starling
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Jun 20 2013, 4:53am

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... [In reply to] Can't Post

And a subject line such as the above can be a right pain.
Perhaps the answer is to be found in the wisdom of Goldilocks?
You know, the 'just right' factor. Wink


Altaira
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Jun 20 2013, 12:33pm

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Lol. I personally find them to be rather rude [In reply to] Can't Post

How times have changed. It used to be that computer screens were too small and/or screen resolution too low, to handle long subject lines well, now it's cell-phones and tablets. Some of those long subject lines fill up most of a cell phone window! It would be much better netiquette to keep them shorter, and would be more considerate of the fact that many people are viewing the forums on much smaller screens than each of us may be typing on at the moment.

If they get excessive, we do ask people to shorten them. But, they're kind of like weeds, they slowly grow again until suddenly you notice... they're ba-a-a-a-a-ack. Laugh


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CuriousG
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Jun 20 2013, 5:05pm

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Thanks for commenting [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm often a bit torn myself when I consider people looking in threaded mode won't have to open a thread by me that could fit on a single, longish line. But I hadn't thought about reading on smartphones, which I never do (bad eyesight). Judgment calls, I suppose.


Silverlode
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Jun 20 2013, 5:56pm

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I usually put about half of a sentence in the subject line [In reply to] Can't Post

to give a hint of the contents, then continue on in the message space. I don't understand why one would need/want a subject line much longer than the box provided, let alone a whole paragraph. The only exception is in games, where if it's not too long, it's nice to have all the answers in subject lines because then the Threaded readers don't have to "open" any of them.

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Starling
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Jun 20 2013, 10:10pm

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Do you mean like [In reply to] Can't Post

this? Cool


Elizabeth
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Jun 20 2013, 10:48pm

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It's because the style of these boards is very different [In reply to] Can't Post

...from what people are accustomed to. The whole concept here, with subject lines, threaded conversations, etc., is very different from what I see as the "norm" in other boards, which is why we get such a disconnect whenever one of the "threaded vs. unthreaded" conversations breaks out. A significant number of folks just don't "get" the design intent here.








Ethel Duath
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Jun 24 2013, 5:41pm

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I propose a "Very Long Subject LIne Challenge"! Itmightservetohighlightinahumorouswaywhattheproblemis . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

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Starling
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Jun 24 2013, 6:32pm

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. [In reply to] Can't Post

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Ethel Duath
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Jun 24 2013, 6:48pm

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Ha! [In reply to] Can't Post

Or maybe you really meant:




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