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babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

Would it be possible to set a maximum length for the subject line?

 

I'm seeing quite a few posts which contain 5 or more lines of text - in other words, the entire question is in the subject line and that results in having to spend more time just perusing the topics' subjects.


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  • 1. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    J.C Level 4 Level 4 (1,595 points)

    I second this motion

     

    (Now let's hope the next reply is a host saying "Motion carried")

     

    J.C

  • 2. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,340 points)

    I third it! Especially in the homepage where some discussion listings are relatively narrowed, long topics can take over the listings.

  • 3. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    Tuttle Level 7 Level 7 (29,035 points)

    I'm as concerned with design and aesthetics as the next fella, but it's nice to see, especially newer members, getting their questions down (there remains a character limit) without having to be distracted by composing a useful title in addition to a useful post.

     

    In short title fields (I think it used to be about 80 characters), we often see meaningless subject lines ("Safari crashing," "MacBook Pro slow!!!," "Is this right???" and so on), followed by topic posts we wished we hadn't bothered to read. Longer titles sometimes function to save a lot of people a lot of clicks.

  • 4. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,340 points)

    Perhaps one option would be to just truncate the displayed title so it uses 2 lines maximum in any view beside the discussion page, regardless of its length.

  • 5. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    I have to agree with Tuttle.

     

    In the old layout I would often get "iChat" as the topic when it was already in one to the 4 iChat Forums.

     

    At present I have seen no repeat of this and the Questions as well as the Post do seem to be more informative as to what is going on.  (Either that or everyone has taken lessons on how to post questions full stop :-) )

     

    I have also seen some Topic titles that have filled 3 lines or more when I already have Firefox about 14' wide on my 17" Cinema Display.  (I thought the whole post was going to be in that Box.)

     

    Truncating the Title in some views may help.  Although I can see some unfortunate word breaks appearing. (Whole words please).

     


    9:18 PM      Friday; April 22, 2011

     

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  • 6. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Ahh I recognise the "B" now.

     

    (Found it)

     


    10:28 PM      Friday; April 22, 2011

     

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
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  • 7. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    FishComputer Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)

    Yes, it needs a limit, but a w line would do

     

    Also why are there repeating titles?

  • 8. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    Also why are there repeating titles?

     

    Excellent question!

  • 9. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    likeabird Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)

    Hi,

     

    I fourth the motion! 

     

    ---likeabird---

  • 10. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi Fishcomputer,

     

    Do you mean since the change ?

     

    It was common in the areas I used to look at for a one word title to be used over and over again.

    People didn't and sometimes couldn't get the Search to produce the results they wanted.

     

    I would guess some people still don't Search first.

     


    8:55 PM      Saturday; April 23, 2011

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.7)
    , Mac OS X (10.6.7),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • 11. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    FishComputer Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)

    Well I have noticed the titles seem to look like this a lot more since the new format

     

    This is my question title this is my question title

     

     

    Instead of what I saw normally before the change

     

     

    This is my question title

  • 12. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

    I have an example of 1) What the Original Poster of this Thread meant and 2) What I think you are trying to say:-

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3013334?tstart=0

     

    The Title of the Thread is also the Topic/Question itself.

     

    I have once seen a thread get cloned where it appeared twice in the same forum and got updated to both no matter which lick you used in the Topic list.

     

    If you mean something different can you supply a link ?

     


    9:44 PM      Saturday; April 23, 2011


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.7)
    , Mac OS X (10.6.7),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • 13. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,295 points)

    Ralph, no, I've seen exactly what Fishcomputer is talking about - it's the same sentence repeated several times, all in the subject line, i.e. my iMac won't boot my iMac won't boot my iMac won't boot.

     

    Haven't seen it in the last day or so and couldn't quickly find an older one - maybe it was a forum software glitch?

  • 14. Re: Hosts: Enhancement request
    FishComputer Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)
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