When a new topic is created, there are often times when the extra description is not needed. From what we can see, it looks like Topic posts have to have a minimum of at least one character. Is there a way to exclude the topic description requirement entirely?
No, this is not possible at the current time. It is a hard requirement that topics have a body in the first post to define the topic.
Thanks for the quick response @codinghorror. We’d support this as an option in the future. We are finding users are perhaps less careful in constructing their topic because they have the topic descriptions to fall back on. Furthermore, it is just the case that a topic can sometimes be accurately described in just the few words.