Encouraging bloggers to use the 'extended' feature
This is a collection of ideas for how we can encourage bloggers using blogs.perl.org to split their posts into an abstract and body. Attempts at education have largely failed, so I think we should try something else.
Idea #1: boilerplate in the body
When you create a new post, you start off in the abstract, cunningly called the body, and it's empty. Instead it could have some boilerplate in it, such as:
This is the abstract for your post. Put one or two short paragraphs here, summarising your post, and then put the rest of your
bullsharticle in the extended section.
This would serve as both reminder and education.
Idea #2: start off in extended
Instead of starting off in the abstract, start the blogger off in the extended section, and put a one-line abstract in, along the lines of:
Another gripping installment from insert name here.
This could be made entertaining by randomly selecting the boilerplate from a file, à la fortune(6).
Idea #3: Change the names of body and extended
Change the labels body and extended to abstract and body.
Idea #4: Limit the length of the abstract
Limit the number of characters that can go in the abstract. When you get close you'd be warned. It could either be a hard limit (force everyone to split into short abstract and longer body), or just a soft limit, aimed more at educating users, and encouraging them to provide a separate abstract.
Suggested by sillymoose (see comments).