Okay, it's official: I really hate Mastodon's post-length limit. No other social network software has it. Why do we? ...except for being more like Twitspace, which doesn't really seem like a laudable goal tee-bee-queue-aitch.



tusky (android client) now says i have char limit of 123456

i think (writing) limits helpful

editing can be beneficial (both for readers and writers)

my experience is that many have exalted notions of self-importance which trump other concerns, including clear communication and concern for the reader and their time

also, there are other venues for longer texts.

short (sharp) texts have value too


have you ever read any short stories by lydia davis?

@js0000 ash upped the limit whilst I was asleep ;-)

The thing about people making posts that are too long: they're easy to skip over, especially with the feature that auto-hides everything below the first line or so by default. ...and the character limit doesn't stop people from tootstorming (nor would anyone want this); it just makes longer-form posts harder to do overall proofing-before-posting, and also can result in tangled conversations where different people are responding to different toots in the thread.

...and, yeah, while we're at it, Masto really needs a "preview" feature, especially with the formatting options GlitchSoc provides.

What venues would you recommend for longer-form posts? I set up a Hubzilla instance, but it goes largely unused. (The people I interact with there tend, overwhelmingly, to be on Diaspora -- which doesn't even support text-formatting, as far s I can tell; I don't see the appeal.) There's also Friendica, which I haven't tried in a long time because my instance got stuck during an upgrade and I haven't had time to sort it out.

@woozle @js0000 I just wanted to add that with a no-character-limit, there is nothing to prevent someone from making short posts if that's what they want to do... but with a character-limit, you can't choose to write a long one if that's what you want to do. It just seems more flexible all around.

It's like bringing a jacket when you're not sure what the weather will be doing... you can always take off a jacket if you end up too warm... but if you get cold, you can't put on a jacket you don't have.


longer form writing:
books, essays, blogs, zines
(i prefer to read longer things on paper ...)

i think the screen is better for shorter things (matching our "hurry up" culture)

i think you and i may be quite different in terms of our opinions on the efficacy of written words; nonetheless, toot.cat (apparently) has room for both of us.

why can't more human (cultural) activities be like this?


@js0000 I meant software for social interaction. Back on G+ there were a lot of people who wrote some really excellent long-form posts, often leading to very interesting discussions, and I miss that.

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