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Why are text input boxes so small for forums?

Posted 08-30-2010 at 06:50 AM by William (Dthdealer)

I hate this.

It does not really matter which forum you go to, even Linux Questions is at fault here.

You go to type a post, and are provided with a pokey[1] small text box to do it in that is smaller than the Microsoft Windows EULA textbox above the 'I agree' button ( and that is small! ). Why? Just why? you're better off writing your post in a text editor such as Leafpad and then copying the text into the box.

Even on what is considered the smallest screen resolution that should be used now-a-days ( 1024x768 ) still provides adequate screen real estate for a text box that uses as much space as possible without going off screen.

Right now I'm using a grease monkey addon to resize this entry form, but why should I have to? There is no logical reason to have a fixed size for text boxes in forums.

[1] Poky Pok"y, a. [Written also pokey.]
1. Confined; cramped. [Prov. Eng.]
[1913 Webster]

Regards, William
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