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I was just thinking it would be nice to require double spaced, well paragraphed posts. I have come across countless posts that I'm sure would have been interesting had I been able to read them (they were congeled into one paragraph!).
My suggestion would be to add an addendum to the rules, plus run a check. Everytime there is a line break, there should be two (with the exception of special things like quotes and code) and have it correct accordingly.
Something small, but I think it would go along nicely with Null's old "1337" checker request...
I'm not sure on the exact thresholds, but the message should be rejected if the average sentence length is above 40 words in the only paragraph (which must contain at least 80 words), or if the message is a single paragraph with more than 7 sentences - making sure to take care of any strange combinations that may spring up.
I think this covers most postings - the only thing it doesn't touch is a single sentence message, which does have legitimate uses.
Added: Microsoft Word provides readability statistics, which could also be used to help with the filtering. The only problem is that it might be a bit too arbitrary, and could easily block legitimate postings.
This post was edited by Sigma_7 on Jan 26, 2005.