Today’s exhibit is the Feedback page at Auburn University Libraries: http://www.lib.auburn.edu/ooc.html. The page has a “Comments” box that appears to allow nine lines of text. Once you try to submit a comment, though, you’ll see a dialog box stating that the length of comments is restricted to thirty characters.
For example, suppose you’d like to let them know I think 30 characters is absurd. Sorry! That comment’s too long. Try telling them it’s absur instead.
It would be great if everyone who reads this — that means both of you — would stop by this page and comment. Very briefly, of course.
(If you don’t want to leave your real email address, use a valid fake one, like
Thanks for indulging my pet peeve. This kind of design is rude, like displaying an “Open” sign over a closed tollbooth.