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I tried to create bounties with the custom messages *bump* and Bump!.

They seemed to be submitted normally,

but the messages were silently dropped.


The only other message I tested was "*test* test", which appeared as expected:

Are short messages supposed to be blocked? If so, can this be reflected in the interface like it is for comments, rather than just silently dropping input in one of the few cases where it can't be edited later?

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Is there a minimum length perhaps, that's only enforced on the server side? –  Flexo Apr 30 '12 at 16:54
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How about putting a real message in there? –  Robert Harvey Apr 30 '12 at 16:54
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Bounty on the formatting sandbox o_O' ?!? Oy! Everything all right? –  Mat Apr 30 '12 at 16:55
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@RobertHarvey How about suggesting that to users while it's still an option? –  Jeremy Banks Apr 30 '12 at 16:56
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True - other limitations don't simply ignore input - they will warn the user... –  Lix Apr 30 '12 at 16:57
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It's an optional field. Submitting a horrible message just makes the system think, "Well then, I guess you don't want to add a message." –  animuson Apr 30 '12 at 16:59
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*bump* is a "horrible" message? ;) –  Lix Apr 30 '12 at 17:01
    
@Mat That was just a test for this post, with the HTTP activity monitor open so I could verify that it wasn't client-side. The original bounty was on this post. –  Jeremy Banks Apr 30 '12 at 17:04
    
Pop, pop! Eh, I got nothing. –  user7116 Apr 30 '12 at 17:37
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@sixlettervariables you called? –  Pops Apr 30 '12 at 18:03
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Ah, I love these little features. It brings a smile to my face to imagine Jeff writing code to silently drop bounty messages that include the word "bump". –  Cody Gray Apr 30 '12 at 22:53
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ß​ÜMP –  hyperslug May 23 '12 at 3:18
    
@the this seems like a bug, generally we enforce minimum message lengths with a visible warning –  Jeff Atwood May 23 '12 at 4:36
    
we use the same renderer as comments, the renderer is stripping it if it is not a "minimum comment length" ... will ensure we check it –  waffles May 23 '12 at 6:22

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Back in day one I had some code that suppressed notices shorter than 10 chars from being displayed. They are actually stored in the DB.

I just changed it so we do a simple test to ensure we stop you from submitting anything shorter than 30. A message shorter than 30 makes no sense in this context.

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