Grants:IdeaLab/Visually supress and restrain long discussion texts

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Visually supress and restrain long discussion texts
Cut off too long discussion in 100 words or less in order to decrease text
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created on04:27, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

UI Example

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

Text flood. Requests and some other areas sometimes are flooded with text by some editors that do not care about others editors. Some Talk pages resembles a blog comments area with tons of offtopic comments and retrospective events that do not add anything new to the discussion. Too much text are a nuisance and decrease community engagement in decisions such removing/attributing statuses, tools testing and evaluation etc.


This problem is recurring in Wikipédia Português, maybe some others projects do not face this issue. Some editors are used to flood discussions with a lot of text invalidating discussion. The excessive text decrease the community participation and interest in decision

What is your solution?[edit]

  • Visually hide long texts in 100 words or less in new comment system, the hidden text will be optional reading
  • Only the first 100 words are taken in consideration in decision-making
  • Add a word counter in text editor so users can control the amount of words
  • Add an estimated text reading time in Talk pages
  • Allow multiples authors sign a single text, if this reduce text amount
  • The word count can vary, can be set by the community
  • Which texts will follow this rule? Initial texts or only comments, all texts etc
  • Limit editors to comment once in some pages

Project goals[edit]

  • Restrain text amount/text flood by some editors
  • Decrease overall text amount in pages
  • Decrease reading time
  • Attract news editors to statuses that used to require a lot of time because there is a lot of off-topic text everytime...

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