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Re: Do we need to get "in your face" about readmore-tags?

by Erez (Curate)
on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:06 UTC ( #953689=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Do we need to get "in your face" about readmore-tags?

I don't believe in getting "in your face" at all. If a user thinks that posting 5 pages of stuff will assist others in helping him, that's his prerogative, and I can only hope that this user will eventually understand that this might not be the best way of encouraging others to help. (Same with titles. If someone thinks "HELP stupied noob question" is the perfect title for describing his problem, he should have the right to do that)

In many ways, "read more" is "read less", I'm a fierce opponent of code folding, since I don't believe in hiding information. If sections of code are too verbose, or too confusing, they should be refactored rather than swept under the folding rag. If I post something under a readmore fold, a, I run the rist that others will not read it, and b, maybe it means I should've re-wrote that section in a more succint way.

Code tags and formatting is important, IMO, since improper usage of these breaks the site and hampers the experience of others, not the case with readmore, and therefore, IMO, shouldn't be a case for editing posts

Principle of Least Astonishment: Any language that doesn’t occasionally surprise the novice will pay for it by continually surprising the expert

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Re^2: Do we need to get "in your face" about readmore-tags?
by GrandFather (Sage) on Feb 14, 2012 at 20:19 UTC

    The main reason for using a readmore is for those people who either browse the front page or browse the sections where node contents are shown with the readmore content collapsed. That allows readers to get an overview of a node without being swamped by a huge wall of text. This is particularly effective for meditations where the body of the meditation is tucked away in a readmore with a brief introduction shown in the section view.

    There are many ways of using this site. readmore is designed to make it easy for people who browse using the section views, but doesn't make any significant difference for people who read threads (accessed using Recently Active Threads for example.

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