As I was working behind the scenes on the blogs, adding and deleting plugins, I ran across an interesting one. It’s named Greg’s Comment Length Limiter.
The premise behind this plugin is to limit the amount of characters a person who comments can enter. As they type their comment, the counter shows how many characters they have left remaining.
On the plugin page it states, in part,
Readers may be discouraged from commenting themselves (or reading comments at all) when they see very long entries left by others, and during times of high load, the significant performance overheads associated with retrieving and displaying long comments can slow even the speediest dedicated servers.
From the perspective of SEO (search engine optimization), very long comments also dilute the impact of the author’s original post by relegating it to a small proportion of the overall content available on the page.
Interestingly the plugin has been downloaded over 4000 times.
Since we have been talking about post length, I thought it was ironic I landed on a comment length limiter.
With all of us enjoying comments from fellow bloggers, I would think the length of their comment(s) is the least of our concern.
The way I see it, if someone wants to leave a long comment on this blog, I have no problem with that. As I’ve said in the past and show in my welcome message, it’s in the comment section where most of this blog’s value lies.
I throw an idea out there and all of you contribute your thoughts. For myself and those reading the comments, there’s much to be gained.
I thought of how a person who is commenting might feel knowing their words have to be limited. As each character is entered, the counter is decreasing and possibly putting undue pressure on the commenter. I know for me, I’d be less likely to comment even though I normally don’t leave long comments.
Or, I might just say, “Great post” to keep it short.
What say you?
Would you consider using a plugin which limits the number of characters a visitor can contribute?
How would you feel if a favorite blog of yours used this type of plugin?
Care to share?