Solved Must be 4 words?????

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February 24, 2013 at 08:40:38
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The message that you entered is too short to be helpful. Please add more information before posting. It must be at least 4 words long.

When did it become necessary to use 4 words in an reply?

Very often, the only words that are necessary to convey the meaning of my posts are:

Try this:

followed by an Excel Formula.


Brevity is a great praise of eloquence.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

MIKE

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February 24, 2013 at 09:54:09
mmcconaghy,

Yeah, I agree its a balancing act. However, we're trying to balance letting through a completely useless post vs. some minor inconvenience very occasionally. As you say, four words (3 spaces, actually) is pretty small. The restrictions for posting a new thread are much more severe. I realize that they can sometimes be a minor pain, but I think the increase in quality has paid for that many times ove.

Justin



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February 24, 2013 at 08:46:43
It's been like that on here for years, so it can't have been giving you that much hassle. Just add a word or two to get around it.

As far as I know it is to prevent useless crackpot remarks.

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#2
February 24, 2013 at 09:04:17
Perhaps I'm more loquacious then I realized,
but until today, I had never encountered this message.

MIKE

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#3
February 24, 2013 at 09:09:57
Hey - that's a good word.

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#4
February 24, 2013 at 09:54:09
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mmcconaghy,

Yeah, I agree its a balancing act. However, we're trying to balance letting through a completely useless post vs. some minor inconvenience very occasionally. As you say, four words (3 spaces, actually) is pretty small. The restrictions for posting a new thread are much more severe. I realize that they can sometimes be a minor pain, but I think the increase in quality has paid for that many times ove.

Justin


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#5
February 24, 2013 at 11:01:07
Sometimes only a link is required to answer a question, but now we have to preface it with "look at this" or something similar. A minor inconvenience, but an inconvenience none the less.

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#6
February 24, 2013 at 11:39:35
If it really bugs you, your edits don't have the same post length restrictions.

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#7
February 24, 2013 at 12:04:47
Re #6
Very astute - hadn't noticed that.

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#8
February 24, 2013 at 12:23:33
"If it really bugs you, your edits don't have the same post length restrictions"

Sometimes a link is all that's required, especially if it's a topic that's been covered ad nauseum. Including words just to get a response to post & then editing them out afterwards would bug me even more.


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#9
February 24, 2013 at 12:45:55
Be creative. I swear, you're never happy.

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#10
February 25, 2013 at 01:09:37
HahaCan you see this?

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#11
February 25, 2013 at 01:11:02
My post above was NOT edited. How did I do it?

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#12
February 25, 2013 at 03:58:39
The same way I made #9, only I used 'style="display:none"' and you used 'color="white"'.

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#13
February 25, 2013 at 07:33:58
It's not a big deal & if the OP hadn't started this thread, I would have just dealt with it without comment. I know there are ways around it such as adding spaces, but it still involves keystrokes. And if you have to use keystrokes anyways, you may as well preface the link with a some sort of statement. Like I said, it's a minor inconvenience, but it's still an inconvenience.

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#14
February 25, 2013 at 07:52:18
riider,

I agree, but I think the benefits outweigh the costs. You don't want random people (or OPs) replying to threads with one word replies.

Justin


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#15
February 25, 2013 at 07:59:02
There are times when a one word response is all that's necessary. For example:

Q: Can I use a PCI video card in a PCI-express slot?
A: No.

Does "No you can not" make the answer any better?


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#16
February 25, 2013 at 08:05:19
As already said it's a balancing act. Sure there are odd times that a one word response is sufficient but mostly a few brief words of qualification are either necessary or helpful.

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#17
February 25, 2013 at 13:39:09
Re # 12:

Yeah it was nothing fancy--just one possible solution to a new puzzle from Justin. I used to use random html tags to get around the minimum word limit but I guess those don't count as words anymore.


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