Ok, first, I need to say that OG is my favorite cannabis board - by far. Other than this one thing, I like OG a lot.
Second - Sorry if I came across harshly earlier and Im especially sorry for throwing out comments that, in retrospect, probably came across as insults. Please accept my apologies to all.
But....I still disagree with this particular policy. I will try to explain further down.
Yes, we did sort of, but I can be incredibly stupid at times, and I was having a bad day yesterday. I let that get me firmly into grumpy old man mode and I responded inappropriately.
I actually didnt "get" the explanations before. I still disagree, but I think Im starting to understand the reasoning behind it now.
There are times when you are absolutely correct. A detailed, wordy reply is necessary to convey the full meaning. Plus, many folks simply do not communicate well, are vague, stoned, etc. Im not sure forcing them to type extra chars is going to fix that though.
My complaint is that there are also many times when a short answer IS all thats needed and does in fact convey every thing necessary to answer the question.
If someone asks a simple question, why make the answer more complex?
Q - What soil is that? (plus extra chars)
A - "Fox Farms." or "Fox Farms soil" both seem more than enough to me, but I could (add extra chars)
Q - Is that a COB? (plus extra chars)
A - "Yes." or "Yes its a COB." or "No its an LED." all of which need extra chars.
Its these situations that irritate me. Many times, the best communication is a short declarative sentence, rather than a long winded paragraph.
Obviously I pissed you off and Im sorry about that. I was a dick, but I hope we can start over.
As I said above, I did not understand what you were trying to say earlier, but I think I get it now.
Yeah, that seems to be the common thread here.
So, if Im finally getting this, you all are mostly trying to eliminate those - unnecessary - one word replies that clutter up most threads. The "thumbs up", ok, haha, sure, yes, no, +1, etc etc.
I would argue that this 20 char limit does not really do what you want. The "Like" button does a much better job on that.
What you are getting is replies like "Why? (plus extra chars I need to type to get to 20)" or something similar.
I just dont see how that improves anything. Instead of getting rid of the unnecessary replies to threads, you just get longer unnecessary replies to threads. If you want people to ONLY post long, detailed, useful, replies, then 20 chars isnt nearly enough.
Sure, it may slow down some of those who just cant help throwing out some useless one or two word post, but its not going to stop most folks who just want to idly chatter. Plus, this makes it impossible to reply to simple questions with a simple answer.
Its obvious from the pole results that I am very much in the minority on this. I was trying to figure that out this morning. It finally occurred to me that at least part of what I dont like is that this feel like censorship to me. I dont think I abuse the 20 char thing. I answer questions and post comments with all the detail that is necessary to convey what I want to communicate. When Im told what to say and how to say it, that gets to me - especially when I feel like it doesnt improve anything.
So, I am truly sorry for the mad vibes and hope you can all forgive me my lapse. However, I am still almost certainly going to answer simple questions with simple answers (plus the extra chars needed)