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Kind lady rides to the rescue of frustrated commenters

Hard-working washingtonpost.com producer Erica Pytlovany, henceforth known as the godmother of this blog, has blessed us again, this time with a new way to keep excessively wordy commenters (like your blogger) under some useful restraint. When you next feel driven to inquire just how long I have been this demented, you will find under the comment box a little meter that tells you how close you are to the limit of 3,000 characters.

I know. I too would like our comments to be totally free of such limits. But apparently that might cause, because of the incredible erudition of Class Struggle readers, a collapse of this wing of the washingtonpost.com castle. We don't want that.

You recall that the godmother helped us before. She asks that we return the favor by letting her know, via a comment on the blog, whether this new 3,000-character system is a problem for you, or if you are encountering other barriers to free expression of your well-considered views.

Anyway, thanks to Erica. With leaders like her, I am sure the Internet will grow even more beneficial to our species and our planet.

Read Jay's Class Struggle blog every day, and follow all the Post's Education coverage on Twitter, Facebook and our Education Web page.

By Jay Mathews  | June 24, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  000 character limit on comments, 3, Erica Pytlovany saves our blog, brevity is divine.  
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Thank you. A number of other newspapers do this also.

The worst thing is to spend an hour writing something and then losing the whole thing.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | June 24, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. I have often wondered why I feel the need to comment so much, buy it is a delight to be able to do so and to read others' comments as well.

Posted by: celestun100 | June 25, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Erica! One small thing: See up at the top of the page, where you offer quick links to other WP education blogs? I'm pretty sure you don't want to offer a link to Jay's Class Struggle on the Class Struggle blog.

I'm pretty sure what you want to do is provide a link to the Admissions 100 forum. Even if you don't want to, could you change your mind?

And may Bill Turque's blog, too.

Posted by: Cal_Lanier | June 25, 2010 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Linda, I've been in that boat myself and know that it's extremely frustrating. It's very important to us to respect the time and effort that you are putting into sharing those thoughts.

Cal, great points. I'm not generally involved with specific blog content or links, but you're right on about removing that duplicate link, and I can speak with Jay to consider what other links might be more appropriate in that space.

The newly-appointed godmother of the blog thanks you all for your continued involvement.

Posted by: Erica Pytlovany | June 25, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Erica, for caring about us!

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | June 25, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I am forced to confess another instance of my online cluelessness. I use the link to this blog at the top of the blog to move from a specific blog post back to the main blog so I can go look at other stuff. If someone will tell me a better way to do that, I will be grateful.

Posted by: Jay Mathews | June 29, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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