Comment length

A few of you have reported experiencing failure when attempting to post very long comments.  This happened to me recently also.  The application doesn’t handle it gracefully – it looks like the attempt to save the comment just times out, but I think that the real problem is that the comment is longer than the default limit that comes with the WordPress installation.  I believe but am not certain that this maximum is 1,500 characters.

There is a free ‘plug-in’ available that lets us set maximum and minimum length comments that may be entered.  I’ve installed it, and for now I’m setting the minimum length comment to 10 characters, and the maximum to 5,000 – more than three times what’s currently allowed.  I’ll experiment with it a bit myself, but please let me know if you find any issues, or if you think that we should allow even shorter comments.  It’s very easy to change, so just let me know.

Also, be aware that if you post a comment that is too short or too long, you lose the comment.  In its place, a message comes up telling you that the comment is too short or too long, as the case may be.  It would be nice if your 5,001 word essay didn’t just go out the window, but I don’t see any way to control this.  If you’re composing an essay, you probably should write it elsewhere and then cut and paste it back in so you’ve still got it saved off.

Also, note that the plug-in was developed by a German developer, who wrote the alert messages in German.  One of these days maybe I’ll update them into English; or maybe not.  It’s kind of cute, at least one of us is fluent in German anyway, and you’ll get the idea soon enough.

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5 response to "Comment length"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 8, 2020

    Also, be aware that if you post a comment that is too short or too long, you lose the comment.

    Not sure if the plug-in changes this behavior, but I have discovered in the past that if I’ve entered too many characters and encounter the “Hey, you’re too damn wordy” behavior, I can just hit the “back” button in my browser and my precious text will still be in the text entry field.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: August 9, 2020

    I will work on being less wordy to be not too long, but wordy enough to be not too short ;’-0.

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