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Daniel Beringer

Teller, Academy Bank

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We should increase the character limit for comments.

Many of the topics that are brought up and discussed on this site are complex, or subtle , or intricate. The questions posed do not always have a simple answer. So in order to answer the question or post the comment you may be faced with a choice: sacrifice the content of the idea you wish to express, or clutter up the thread with multiple replies.

A lot can be said in 2,000 characters. Sometimes you don't need to say a lot. But sometimes you do. For instance, lets say you want to open a debate on an issue. 2,000 characters is awfully short to explain the premise, and to supply both pro and con arguments. A lot of social issues can't be summed up in 2,000 characters with out disregarding important subtleties. Technological questions can sometimes require an extended explanation not easily fitted into the current comment size.

So I propose that TED double the length of comments to 4,000 characters. This keeps the comments relatively short and focused, and allows for more expansive replies. At the very least we should expand the OP. There may not be much need for this expansion to answer a question, but certainly proposing an idea and opening a debate could be helped by more room to explain the idea.

The comments on this site are thoughtful and cogent. I rarely see bickering, name calling, or spite. I mostly see people who want to work together to improve our world. We do not need to worry about trolls or flame posters. We are not myspace, we are not facebook. We are TED. We use our voice wisely.

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  • Mar 23 2011: Let me remind you that minimalism is merely one form of art amongst many. Take a written form of art and compare it yourself: Novels versus poems for example.

    I think that the main issue here is accepting a different approach for ones way of expressing himself. One may use a more lengthy style of expression, but that does not necessarily means he's verbose.

    It was Einstein who said: "It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.", but does that principle have to project to the whole art of expression?

    I don't think so.
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      Mar 27 2011: i can only hope you are not going to post art in the conversations. if you do, i hope you write short stories and not novels.

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