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I was trying to close this room in StackOverflow following this advice.

So I posted the text there and flagged that very same comment for moderator attention. A popup appeared asking me why I considered it should be flagged and I, applying all of my creativity, copied the same content of the message:

Based on [this post](, in order to get this room closed I need to flag this very same message. Please, close this room. Thanks!

The funny thing is that the flag itself returned the following error (see on top):


I guess there must be some error while trying to parse the link or maybe the message was too long. In either case, I don't know if the comment ended up flagged or not and also the error could be a bit friendlier than parseerror... Maybe Parse error will do :)

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Refreshing the page will usually resolve situations where you're receiving this error (although I've never had it happen when flagging) – Tim Stone May 9 '12 at 3:12
@Tim You're probably referring to this: – balpha Jul 4 '12 at 19:52
up vote 8 down vote accepted

The "flag for moderator" text is restricted to 200 characters, but the client-side validation erroneously allowed 400. So if you typed between 201 and 400 characters, the client would happily send it, but the server would choke on it.

Fresh JavaScript with a fix for this is out, get your daily dose today!

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Ctrl+F5! Ctrl+F5! – Lix Jul 4 '12 at 14:35
The cat ate my characters! – Shadow Wizard Jul 4 '12 at 19:36
@ShaWizDowArd: No I didn't. – Cat Plus Plus Jul 4 '12 at 20:19

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