This is more a technical question about the site, but I wasn’t sure who to send it to. I’ve noticed that a few people have exceeded the character limit for a post on a movie’s page. How were they able to do that? I feel the character limit can be an inconvenience a great deal of the time. I know there’s a review section, but when I look at a movie’s page the posts are usually what I look to first. I think removing the character limit would allow for more detailed and exciting discussion.
This answer may not be accurate but I think the comments to the wall posts are allowed to be longer than the wall posts themselves, so that the page doesn’t get too long and the comments can be nested if they are lengthy. Easier than choosing a random cut-off point that may not look appealing if someone rambles on in run-on sentences or the like.
Between the review section and the forum discussion linked to the movie’s profile page, I am not entirely sure there is a need for the wall posts to be more open for discussion than they already are, my personal opinion. I enjoy the limit as a challenge to express a broad stroke opinion of the entire movie where if I wanted to go into more detail, I would write a review or create a thread. My opinion.
I pretty much never read reviews on here, unless it’s by somebody I know on the forums, but I love reading the wall posts. The wall posts are a pretty good way to get an indication of what the movie’s gonna be like and if you’re gonna like it or not without (usually) giving away too much plot detail.
Try typing up your post elsewhere and then copying and pasting it onto the wall. Worked for me.
While we’re talking about technical questions, how does this new “block” function work?
As an extension to Josh’s post, I type all my comments up on Word first, before copying and pasting them into MUBI’s textbox. And that’s copying and pasting through the traditional right-click and ‘paste’ method (on Windows; on Apple/Safari, through the paste function in the ‘Edit’ menu at the top) in order for the little word limit ‘countdown’ not to activate; using a Ctrl+V hotkey will set off the countdown. That said, I still keep my own personal limits on post lengths beyond MUBI’s word limit anyway.
As for the block function, I’m still waiting for some clarification too. This is the only thing I’ve come across so far (at the bottom).
Wow, you really made use of that advice :\ I think this is exactly what the reviews section (or even the forums) are meant for, but, it’s your review.
Agree with “Drunken Father.” I have posted some reviews on the site (not my whole library seeing as I have over six hundred), but read wall-posts all the time to get an idea of a film before I watch it.
We should allow fewer.
Like most people who write these short filmography entries, I’ve learned how to ‘cheat’ the word limit.
That said, I still try to be responsible with it. Like DT, I always make an effort to keep the posts as succinct and to the point as I possibly can. Sometimes 420 characters just isn’t enough, and attempting to cut down a 520 post to fit those parameters can result in something too vague to make any real sense.
I try to aim for around two to three sentences, so roughly 420 to 540 characters, or 80 to 100 words. In general, I like having the character limit because it enforces a certain level of creativity. There is just enough space for me to get my point across, but not enough room to go too in-depth or get lost on a wild tangent. You have to make every word count!
Think of them more as observations rather than capsule reviews; a jumping off point to a more detailed discussion, or as a way of provoking thought.
Posting something that’s ‘2,370’ characters in length is really pushing it (IMO) and will eventually spoil it for the rest of us. Be responsible. There is already a section for you to post your reviews, but that’s not what ‘the wall’ section is for (again, IMO).