My advice is to add the title attribute to the link, improving the usability of the forum:
title="this is a long title and users won't be able to see the full text in the forums page of this site">http://www.coderanch.com/t/someID/Ranch-Office/this-is-a-long-tilte-and-users</a>
Andrew Monkhouse wrote:Heh - guess I've been spoiled by having a widescreen monitor: no problems reading the title on my screen.
I think Leandro is talking about the Saloon home page where all titles are shortened to 30 characters with an ellipsis appended, so the one for this topic appears as "this is a long title and users...".
David Newton wrote:I doubt it would decrease the traffic.
Don't you think that it will decrease not even 1%?!! It's a good bet ... =) I think it will decrease at least 4%.
Take a look at this page man: http://www.coderanch.com/forums
Many times you can't know what the topic is about, so you have to click. And then you simply go back, because the topic doesn't interest you.
It's hard for me to tell whether this proposed change would increase or decrease ease of use or server load. But my opinion is that people who depend on this feature are using the site incorrectly. ;)
Ernerst, yeah, 3 KB is considerable, but it is a bad case scenario.
And you really don't need to put title in all topics!!! Only those that have more than 30 characters (?).
So it's better yet. You don't need to make any change in your code, just add the title when you add the ellipsis.
Leandro Coutinho wrote:Mike, you cannot say that someone is using incorrectly only because he is to using as you are.
Sure I can! My way is the one true way. I am simply trying to enlighten the rest of you.
No, seriously, that's why I included the wink ;) at the end of the post. The final comment was a joke. Mostly.