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Word Count - Get users to write longer postings

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phreakphreak Vanilla*APP (White Label) & Vanilla*Skins Shop MVP
edited January 2013 in Feedback

Hi all,

I just saw "Word Count" from Kasper in the Addon-Repository. Thanx for the work. I wondered if it might motivate users to write longer postings. I know that doesn't mean the content is better. But Vanilla is a very fast forum, where users can post without a page reload. So for example in a lot of my threads users tend to use it almost like a chat or - coming more close - as a shoutbox.

I had a funny idea. Expect the Word-Count Button to glow or change color, when it reaches a certain amount of characters. For example 500 or 1.000. Might be an interesting experiment i haven't seen so far.

I'd install it soon and test if this will lead to longer articles. If you have any feedback, drop it here. :)

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  • vrijvlindervrijvlinder Papillon-Sauvage MVP

    Expect the Word-Count Button to glow or change color, when it reaches a certain amount of characters.

    Spoken like a teacher lol , yes that would be fun to manipulate. I have come across forms which require a certain amount of info, like descriptions to be complete or it will show a warning that you haven't written enough.

    Or you can actually make it a chatbox by limiting content like twitter, down to just a few words. That way people can choose their words better no?

  • businessdadbusinessdad Stealth contributor MVP

    @vrijvlinder said:
    Or you can actually make it a chatbox by limiting content like twitter, down to just a few words. That way people can choose their words better no?

    That would be a good idea for some applications.
    @kasper, if you decide to implement it, just keep in mind that it would require some additional server side validation (JavaScript could limit the typing, but it could be disabled).

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