You know, I have to say I'm honestly stunned by the responses. Absolutely, completely, gobsmacked stunned... to the point where this is in my top-ten
list of surprising outcomes on ATS. And after seven years of some really wild stuff... that's saying a lot.
The imposition of these incredibly minor limitations were initiated as a means to gently remind our members of our desire to focus more on meaningful
content than quantity of content.
Yes... there was a synchronization glitch between our servers such that updated code didn't propagate and the character count for quoted replies
wasn't computing correctly. My fault for not checking, but that was not the way it was supposed to work.
But I have to tell you... I honestly thought the majority of our members, especially the longer-term members, would have applauded this step. Really.
We get several complaints about 1-liner or trivial posts every day.
We often see longer-term members complaining about an apparent quantity over quality focus (not true).
I spent the better part of yesterday reviewing many popular ATS threads... and there has indeed been a significant growing trend of trivial posts that
do little more than say "good post, you're right." And more often than not, such replies are found in large popular or highly-flagged threads.
We have always desired posts of substance
our members of this and
bring it up again
when it becomes a problem and have even included this text about the
reply form: "Please do not create minimal posts or simple "I agree" posts when replying to threads.
I've seen, in this thread, gripes to the effect of, "other boards don't do that." And generally, yes that's true. But we're not other boards are
we? We don't want to be just like any other board... every policy, feature, technology, and requirement initiated over the years has been focused on
making ATS better, so that our members may be inspired to contribute their best.
The point is... we constantly consider what we (ATS management) need to do to ensure the content on ATS is as good as it can be... and push our
members to consider making it better. With this particular policy of limiting minimal replies, our reminders, warnings, U2U's, threads, links, etc.
have not had much (if any) effect of late. As a result, this very-trivial imposition of exceptionally minor minimum contribution serves as a more
immediate reminder of our desire for each post to have substance.
That's all it is. And I still remain stunned that efforts focused on solving a common complaint are received this way. No kidding... I really am.