Recent Activity Comm... October 6, 2009 8:06 PM   Subscribe

Very Little Pony request: There seems to be a character limit for comments in Recent Activity, showing '...' when a comment gets cut. Any chance of making the cut more noticeable? Maybe with a [...]?

Example (if you've posted in that thread, of course)
posted by Memo to Feature Requests at 8:06 PM (10 comments total)

It's especially confusing when a medium length comment ends with an ellipsis.
posted by Kattullus at 8:13 PM on October 6, 2009

Yeah, there's a 4,000 character limit in Recent Activity. Sure, I don't see a problem with making the ellipsis stand out a little more. I added the brackets.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:16 PM on October 6, 2009 [3 favorites]

Great, thanks!
posted by Memo at 8:18 PM on October 6, 2009

I don't see what the problem is, ellipsis are a perfectly fine way of [...]
posted by qvantamon at 9:00 PM on October 6, 2009

... isn't an ellipsis. … is an ellipsis.
posted by Plutor at 4:35 AM on October 7, 2009 [3 favorites]

Honestly, I don't even see the need for this feature. A 4000 character comment is really long already, and there aren't many comments that are longer. It's not like there are tons of 10,000 character comments. So practically, this tends to only cut off the last 500 to 1000 characters of a long comment, including most of it but yet leaving it unreadable, and I'm not sure what the point of that is.

I guess it saves space. But I generally only ever read the first third of my Recent Activity page anyways, so I have plenty of wasted space there.
posted by smackfu at 5:38 AM on October 7, 2009

Plutor: ... isn't an ellipsis. … is an ellipsis.

Not to get overly technical but an ellipsis can be anything that suggests or shows that something has been left out. The most common ellipsis is the three periods and while it exists as a single character it can just as readily be represented by three individual periods. Incidentally, .. ... .... .... ...... and so on are all ellipses. In some cases dashes are used, such as the common practice in 19th Century novels of referring to some characters by initial letter and a dash, e.g. Lady D― and Mr. Q―. I believe this originated in romans à clef.

Incidentally, there might be a different technical term for the practice of naming characters like that but I'm pretty sure that it's a subset of ellipses.
posted by Kattullus at 6:11 AM on October 7, 2009 [2 favorites]

posted by blue_beetle at 6:57 AM on October 7, 2009

hrm yep i gotta agree that there are too many ellipses in recent activity it looks like a pyramid termite infestation

boom roasted
posted by Optimus Chyme at 12:20 PM on October 7, 2009

posted by Sys Rq at 6:51 PM on October 7, 2009

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