Interesting fact (if you're interested) is you can use up to 200 characters (including spaces) for a title, and the preview of the discussion in the lists will show up to 170 characters...lots of room
By Joliet Jake
April 14, 2017 11:48am CST
I thought there was a 170 character limit for discussion previews, but it seems the preview length is dependent on the title length. I just saw one with almost 200, so you have all that room to bait users. After that, it is entirely up to you how to play the catch. There is no particular 'way' to make a discussion. You'll find all different kinds about all kinds of stuff here. @thehousewife started a discussion called "It's all in the discussion title for me" and she makes a few very valid points. There are many people that don't take advantage of all the space they have when titling a discussion. I'm not saying you should use all 200 spaces...I'm just saying that is what is available, so why only use 15 or 20? With the preview included, you have a total of almost 400 character spaces (roughly) to get (and hopefully keep) the attention of other users. These are actually the most important words in your discussion. I won't say you should use them well...but it would be in your advantage to do so.
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• Derry, Northern Ireland
14 Apr 17
The title is an intrinsic part of the discussion, to be played with, primped, preened and made presentable. I like the short titles, where wordplay can be used (without a backslash, \, naturally!) to lead into the conversation... Unto each, their own, I guess. I wonder - is it obligatory to use a title? Must check...
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• Fairfield, Texas
14 Apr 17
I hate really long titles @JolietJake . The key to capturing someone's attention is 'picking' the right words. Example: Idiot Drivers vs Drivers That Don't Read the Signs and Think the Highway Belongs to Them and Don't Follow the Rules. I think the first title is enough to get someone's interest.