Occassionally, students will accidently post blank replies thereby gaining access to a restricted forum (i.e. cannot see thread until submission of their own work). Other times, students deliberately post gibbersh in order to see classmates work prior to submitting their own. The lights shine bright on them when they realize that they cannot edit the posts afterwards.
I've already made it clear in the syllabus and the directions for each assignment that they must submit their own response first. However, this is still occurring. In order to keep this practice down could a minimum word count be enabled within the forum submission process to curb this behavior?