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What does “4 more to go..” under a comment mean?

Sometimes when I try to enter a comment in Stack Overflow my comments are not accepted and a message like this 12 more to go... appears below Add Comment.

What is the meaning of 12 more to go... and why does it appear?

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marked as duplicate by Grace Note Aug 13 '12 at 16:18

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It's counting down to the minimum number of characters in a comment. –  Martijn Pieters Aug 13 '12 at 12:50
    
Downvoters should I delete this question, is it not relevant, the please leave a comment. I will delete the question. –  Gaurav Agarwal Aug 13 '12 at 12:54
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See the faq; votes on MSO are different from the regular Stack Exchange websites. –  Martijn Pieters Aug 13 '12 at 12:54
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And you cannot delete a question with up-voted answers, I'm afraid. –  Martijn Pieters Aug 13 '12 at 12:55
    
I can always flag it for moderator attention anyway thanks all for answer. –  Gaurav Agarwal Aug 13 '12 at 12:57
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@MartijnPieters I don't think the voting differences thingy applies here, what's there to disagree with? The downvotes are purely of the no research effort / not useful flavour imho. –  Yannis Aug 13 '12 at 12:58
    
@YannisRizos: Perhaps in this case, I may have knee-jerked an auto-comment. :-P Indeed, no research votes all round in this case. –  Martijn Pieters Aug 13 '12 at 13:01
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@codingcrow, no need to delete. This is a legitimate question about what something means. It's posted in the right place (Meta), and actually addresses a good point: The clear message, "enter at least 15 characters" changes to a less clear "x more to go..." one, which is confusing if you didn't happen to see the first message. +1 –  Jaydles Aug 13 '12 at 15:02
    
@Jaydles Thanks :) –  Gaurav Agarwal Aug 13 '12 at 15:10

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up vote 16 down vote accepted

Comments must be a minimum of 15 characters in length. You are being prompted to add another 12 to whatever you've already typed.

Empty comment box

...becomes...

enter image description here

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Is this in the FAQ anywhere? –  American Luke Aug 13 '12 at 12:51
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I would not have thought it necessary. It's fairly self-explanatory. –  razlebe Aug 13 '12 at 12:54
    
@luke this is more like a RAQ or ANAQ. Rarely or almost never asked. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 13 '12 at 17:44
    
Maybe there should be a RAQ section of the FAQ....(joking). –  chown Aug 13 '12 at 18:05

There is a minimal length of comments. ...more to go indicates the characters left to have the minimum length.

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That is the minimum number of characters that should be in a comment. Refer this to learn more about commenting.

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