Can we please remove or reduce the 15 character limit on topic titles? I understand why a limit is in place, but 15 characters is far, far too many. 8 would be more than enough to prevent the kind of issues the limit is there to address.
Thanks for the feedback, Ross.
I have no idea if this is configurable or now.
@LievenDV, can you comment on this?
It’s definitely configurable in other forum back ends I’ve used, though I have no direct experience with this one. Likely an admin-only option.
I’m not sure where you’re coming from here @goffik truth be told.
Your title to this topic (including spaces) is 24.
Sometimes (often perhaps) we need longer topic titles.
I don’t know why that would be seen as an issue.
I believe he is referring to the minimum number of characters, not the max. Reading between the lines that is.
Minimum limit, not maximum. It’s in place to prevent silly, uninformative titles like “Help!!!” I expect, but 15 characters is too many. You have to artificially inflate perfectly good thread titles. An 8 character minimum would do the job in 99% of cases.
I’m so glad you posted this Richard,…I was already counting characters yesterday and wanted to ask what exactly he meant…but after reading 3 times the penny dropped for me … but you do have a point @Goffik
True. Maybe the limit was to prevent uninformative titles like Please Help!
I’m so glad you don’t work for Baywatch…
Me too… as I can’t swim… the one’s needing rescued would be rescuing me
Oh my, that’s something, I don’t hear that often, but it’s a good thing you don’t live in the Netherlands / waterland…although there are more and more (on radio)people here for various reasons who can’t swim either… … well a career as a lifeguard is not in it,…nice and safe continue with a musical career then
OK, so now that we know the OP used rather imprecise language, what is the answer? Why such a high character count as a requirement? Song titles tend to be concise. Here are some titles that I had to manipulate to get them across the 15 character requirement:
EDIT: Let’s be honest, it’s kind of a lame argument to force such a high character count. “Help” is not allowed, but the same text string can be manipulated (as I did with some of my titles) by adding dashes, asterisks or other extra characters. It’s an unnecessary tripwire and an arbitrary rule. If it stays I’ll live, if it changes I will live happily ever after. LOL
Well if you would like to cover this song without wanting to add a fuss of characters and extras
then you are not happy the pappie…
@roger_holland yes, but they would be missing a character unless they were doing a cover of help rather than help!
Count these characters …
The Beatles - Help!
My cover of Help!
I am not against lowering the count. I have never encountered it myself when creating a topic. Maybe I like to write substantial titles. I had forgotten of its existence.
But I’m also wondering how and why you would ever not want or need 15 or more.
As Richard showed, if you need to pad out a song’s title, instead of adding asterisks or dashes, inlcude the artist’s name. I like descriptive thread titles. They often (not always) save me having to read a thread to find out what the OP actually wants.
I think what Clint meant is if you come up with your own song or you noodle and want to give it a brief title like Kaboom! or whatever you would need to put in something extra to get to 15 minimum characters.
I don’t have an opinion on this one to be honest, I can live with or without it
There is little that interests me less,…but I’ve already laughed quite a lot in this thread so it was worth it to me,…and oh yeah, I haven’t taken pills for a few years now, and I’ll keep it that way just like that… …
I’m guessing… is going to win…
@Richard_close2u I’d lean to reducing the limit, Richard, even though it is not a limit I can recall impacting me (being notoriously verbose, in title and body).
Every now and then I have wanted to post a reply that was too short, albeit more than a single emoji, but still not long enough, a couple of four letter words not being sufficient … no not those four letter words