Friday, July 16, 2010

blogger comment length restriction

It seems that blogger now has a comment length restriction of 4096 characters.
"There is a flaw in Blogger comment code, that makes the deletion process abort, with large comments. Spammers were exploiting this flaw, to create undeletable comments. Blogger is protecting us from undeletable spam comments, by preventing long comments"
- nitecruzr
It would be better if blogger fixed the flaw in their comment code. Some bloggers like to discuss issues at length.

2 comments:

Mark Miller said...

I was wondering about the comment length limit. I can tell you their "fix" still doesn't work. Even if I don't get the "comment too long" error, there seems to be a length "purgatory" between "accept" and "reject" where I get a system error that says something like "URL submission length too long". Apparently the comment still goes through, because if I try to trim off the last paragraph and submit again, and then include that paragraph at the top of another comment, when they show up I see a copy of the first paragraph in the 2nd comment appear at the end of the 1st comment. The first comment is the way I originally had it before I got the system error. So it looks like the system error is a false one.

Google's "always in beta", but if I were them I'd be really embarrassed about this. This is a classic case of putting an impediment into a technology to compensate for a bad design. That's disappointing enough. What's worse is they didn't even do this right! It's pretty obvious they didn't test their comment-length-limit code. I agree. They should fix the original design issue rather than intending to make it more inconvenient for people--and then botching it! I tell ya, the quality of developers today...

Tony Forster said...

I am tempted to leave a really long comment ...