Richard of Parchment and Pen has informed the world that P&P is not the place to make a name for one’s self. There are a few characters over there who shall remain nameless who have a tendency to hog the comments with ridiculously long posts that more often than not veer off topic and have nothing to do with the current thread. So to remedy this situation all comments have been limited to 500 words or 2500 characters.
While I understand the reasons behind the limits I just pray that P&P doesn’t go the way of James White’s blog and not allow any comments. It is my opinion that a blog isn’t really a blog if there is no interaction. Sure, in the technical sense it’s still a web log of whoever’s thoughts but blogging is a communal activity. If you don’t allow comments then don’t call it a blog, call it a website.
In any event, I’m saddened by the truncating of comments at P&P because those of us who leave long but thoughtful responses will no longer be able to do so (I have in mind Sean Babu, Vance Mac, myself, and a few others…), but I guess those are the breaks. This is a prime example of the few ruining things for the many. :(