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A few situations have arisen where I need to use filler characters to make a comment. For example someone asked what browser I was using and "Fire Fox" was too short. In these situations what is normally done, is there a certain character (e.g. ellipses) used to show that space is being used up?

The problem with "......" is it may be misinterpreted as "no duh!"

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Can anyone explain the down votes, is this not a legitimate question? –  Celeritas Jul 13 '12 at 20:23
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Downvotes on Meta are different and merely (usually) signify disagreement. People are just saying that they disagree with the premise of your argument –  Adam Rackis Jul 13 '12 at 20:24
    
Pad it with a zero-width space if you must. (Note that this particular situation doesn't qualify as "must", though.) –  U2744 SNOWFLAKE Jul 13 '12 at 20:37
    
Like so.​​​​​​​ –  U2744 SNOWFLAKE Jul 13 '12 at 20:37
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Is it too much trouble to use the additional characters to specify the version of Firefox you're using? –  Robert Harvey Jul 13 '12 at 20:56
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I'm using Firefox. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 13 '12 at 21:39
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Firefox –  user221081 May 7 '13 at 11:55

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

In a case like this, just edit it into your question. No need to reply really. In fact, the comment asking you what browser you're using should just be deleted after the information has been edited into your question, as it is now just clutter.

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You can overcome minimum length requirements by creating complete sentences, like "I use Firefox as my browser".

The minimum is quite low, and is there for good reasons.

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Don't you think that's wasting space too and takes longer to read? –  Celeritas Jul 13 '12 at 20:19
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And filler characters don't waste space and are easier to read, are they? –  Martijn Pieters Jul 13 '12 at 20:20
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@Celeritas: Wasting space? It's still one line. Are you paying for that space? Are you being charged by the character? And how much longer could it take to read? A half-second or so? –  Nicol Bolas Jul 13 '12 at 20:20
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@MartijnPieters yes ... is easier to read than being wordy. –  Celeritas Jul 13 '12 at 20:21
    
@NicolBolas I don't like reading or writing just for filler. –  Celeritas Jul 13 '12 at 20:30

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