Hello fellow forum users. I have noticed a (somewhat amusing) trend of people appending additional words and characters to get forum threads up to sufficient lengths. Fair enough. Just wanted to explain why we added the stipulation on threat title length.
We have always had loads of threads with meaningless titles such as 'Please help' and 'Problem with PC' and so on. This means that threads are started and struggle to garner responses. But it also makes it impossible for people to find useful thread responses, searching either from within the site or via a search engine. (The vast majority of visitors to the forum come from Google.)
It is particularly frustrating because in almost every instance the first sentence of the post would make a great title!
So that is what we are trying to address. If you can think of a better way of doing so I would be delighted to hear from you.
I assume you are referring to the 'old' forum where they suggested you use 5 words. It wasn't compulsory and hence people just posting 'Help'. When it piped up telling you to use 5 words or more you just had to ignore it and it went away ☺