Boards bio : Bug, or undocumented limit introduced: Number of words/char. allowed in field

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I have had a long Boards Bio on my profile page since forever, well before the site overhaul a while ago anyway. Since I got reminded of HTML errors every time I visited I thought I'd repair it now.

My Boards Bio had a total of 1441 words, mostly movie quotes and IMDb forum quotes.
This number of words/characters cannot be saved.

With the original length of 1441, changes I made to the text were not saved. When I cut out the text, and pasted into an external file, saved the empty profile, and then wrote the word "test" to save, the word was saved in the profile. When I cut my profile text in half and copied about 700 words back into the profile and saved it, the text was saved and shown.
(Edited to add: Browser type is irrelevant, both Firefox and IE display this behaviour)

My guess is that a character limit was recently introduced for the Boards bio field, but this is not documented anywhere I can find, nor is there a warning like with the signature field (100 characters).

If there is a character limit for a field, it should be signposted next to the field.

I was lucky that I copied my profile text to an external file before testing, otherwise I would have lost it...

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Hi LookinGood -

There is a current limit of Bio characters, so if you have an older bio predating the current limit you can keep your current bio, but you won't be able to save an update now if it has exceeded the current limit, which is what I think is happening here.

If you want to update your Bio, you will likely need to shorten the Bio characters.
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Thank you for explaining this, Michelle!
As a good little QA person I tested before firing off an issue report ;-), so half of my bio is already gone from the site. I'll have to edit/shorten the original data I saved offline (I am using the quotes to rotate through them in my board signature, depending on the topic of the thread --oh, which ones to let go...?).

I guess I'd like to make this an "Enhancement Request" then, for your consideration :-), hoping that a note will be posted next to the field, detailing the limit for the benefit of others who might want to edit/write up long bios.

Thanks again!

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