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I tried to update the following post:

a button to change 'javascript:history.go() ' history

to replace the old link:
with a working one:

But since this was only a change of 4 characters, the edit was not saved, since it needed to be at least 6 characters... I put it as a comment for now. Is this the desired practice? Is there a workaround for this? I don't want to add random text to a post, and I feel it is useful to keep these links updated...

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Note: Full privileged users with 2,000 reputation don't have this restriction. – animuson Jan 31 '12 at 17:35
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Firstly, I think this is quite an edge case; normally the changing of a bad link to a good link would, in most cases, consume more than 6 characters.


I think the official answer is that there is always some other changes that could be made to the post to bring your edit up to the required 6 character count.

If you're still really struggling, consider:

Is this edit so important that I have to make it.

If you're sure, you could either add a comment as you have done, or in your edit add some filler to make it up to the 6 characters and specify you have done in your edit summary. I for one would get the hint and hit "improve" and remove the filler before accepting your edit.

If you want to be crafty, you could waste some characters by reorganising sentences or by changing variable names in the code.

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Thanks, that helps clarify the SE position on these type of edits. – Brian Vander Plaats Jan 31 '12 at 22:56
There's always the <!-- padding --> option. – sarnold Feb 1 '12 at 2:09

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