Character limit discussion

lawl. said with “6” characters. pro move.

thing is, this is a longer-thought venue. its not the same as discord or other banter-oriented formats. if you find that you are subverting the limit, you are, frankly, missing the point of this space.

(i edited this for clarity 4x before posting. weird.)


I completely agree; I just felt that bypassing the limit was more fitting in that particular scenario.

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Sorry guys I just really wanted to try it out

But then again, you aren’t really bypassing the limit by typing useless html tags, because you’re still typing 20 chars

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No, no. The point of the minimum , as previously suggested, is to keep content helpful and to prevent pointless posting, such as sone of the posts in this thread (including some of my own “comical” comments).

It’s really hard (albeit not impossible) to make a helpful and worthwhile post in under 20 characters. The limit helps to encourage posters to comment in a worthwhile manner with insightful content.


Or they could just end up typing “20 chars”.
Although it does help, like you stated

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btw, @DRow how do you make the “Banhammers and comic relief” grey tag on the right of your name? i see some people have “regular” nex tto thier name

It’s the title option in preferences. If your are a regular you have the option to have it as a title (grey tag on the right of your name), otherwise you cannot change it. DRow however has the ability to set his to whatever he wants.


whats a regular? how do you “be” a regular?

It’s a badge you can get. Here are the requirements. It is basically a badge for saying you spend too much time on vexforum.


wow u already spent 5 whole days reading…

I am really active and checks the forum everyday, should be able to get it soon

Trust Level 3 — Regular

Regulars are the backbone of your community, the most active readers and reliable contributors over a period of months, even years. Because they’re always around, they can be further trusted to help tidy up and organize the community.

To get to trust level 3, in the last 100 days…

  • Must have visited at least 50% of days
  • Must have replied to at least 10 different topics
  • Of topics created in the last 100 days, must have viewed 25% (capped at 500)
  • Of posts created in the last 100 days, must have read 25% (capped at 20k)
  • Must have received 20 likes, and given 30 likes.*
  • Must not have received more than 5 spam or offensive flags (with unique posts and unique users for each, confirmed by a moderator)
  • Must not have been suspended or silenced

* These likes must be across a minimum number of different users (1/5 the number), across a minimum number of different days (1/4 the number). Likes cannot be from PMs.

All of the above criteria must be true to achieve trust level 3. Furthermore, unlike other trust levels, you can lose trust level 3 status . If you dip below these requirements in the last 100 days, you will be demoted back to Member. However, in order to avoid constant promotion/demotion situations, there is a 2-week grace period immediately after gaining Trust Level 3 during which you will not be demoted.

Users at trust level 3 can…

  • Recategorize and rename topics
  • Access a secure category only visible to users at trust level 3 and higher
  • Have all their links followed (we remove automatic nofollow)
  • TL3 spam flags cast on TL0 user posts immediately hide the post
  • TL3 flags cast on TL0 user posts in sufficient diversity will auto-silence the user and hide all their posts
  • Make their own posts wiki (that is, editable by any TL1+ users)
  • Daily like limit increased by 2×

Admins can change these thresholds by searching for TL3 in site settings.


i know the specs, but just cant figure out which im missing

It’s probably that vexforum updates very slowly. For some reason badges are given late a lot of the time.

how late? is it like a few hours or days or what

I think I got my regular badge like a week late.

I think it’s great how DRow saw this thread, commented on it, and then didn’t close it. Thanks, Dillon!