Dear Dr. Streamline
The organizations that apply to my foundation for funding have been grumbling about the strict character limits in our online application system. We put them in place because we were tired of reading long responses – and now we never have to! Are character limits really so difficult for grantees? And if so, why?
Dear Mr. Trsbtr,
The prblm w/charct lims is that they make u spnd inordinate time finding short wds & cutting content that u’d like to keep. They make it vry hard, if not impossible, to use previously developed content stuff and to cut & paste. Yr desire for brevity is admirable aok, but consider ways 2 limit length w/out forcing applicants to count charctrs.
1) Give approximate word count or paragraph guidelines (ie: “your response should be approximately 200 words” or “please provide a one-paragraph response”)
2) Provide sample responses of the ideal length.