From the KING of long posts, (me that is) I can't tell simple stories in short form, it is not a gift I have. Telling long-winded, but hopefully entertaining tales is something I take pride in. For those of us who don't type 120 WPM it is often an effort to express ourselves in long verse, so I am proud of those willing to take that time to post their opinions, ideas, thoughts, knowledge and questions - no matter how long or short it takes.
My wife has said I could do 40 pages on how a paperclip works, and she is right - it would be thorough and enlightening by time I was done, but somehow the reader would know all they needed to know about paperclips. Beekeeping is like that, the simplest motion of a bee, or the uncontrolled instinctual actions as they progress in age cannot be stated in few words - it takes volumes. To try and decipher their evolutionary traits is the stuff that has filled volumes of library shelves. How would we do better by trying to limit our word to the fewest possible, especially if the meaning of the post was lost in the editing?
I enjoy long posts, I'll be honest and say that I use a TEXT TO SPEECH program (like that in Ventrilo's text chat room) called Text-Aloud and Ultra-Hal to read longer posts (and most anything else: like web pages, emails, etc.) but just because I don't physically read them doesn't mean I don't like them - it just allows me the option to walk around and do other things while I listen comfortably.
That's just my opinion, but as long as there is a point to a message, its length is irrelevant.
P.S. as I wrote this Robo replied to your topic - Rob, bite me :-P and Merry Christmas!