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There is a minimum 15 character limit on posting a comment. There are shorthand features provided by the chat formatting utilities such as [ask] get expanded to How to Ask which is linked to url.

But following can't be posted as comment, as it lacks the length validation

See [ask].

It expands to

See How to Ask.

As, I can't post this comment, I do need to include some other character's/ word and most often ...... (dots) . I don't say that is a pain, but this can be taken care of while validating the comment.

So, I think there must be a minimum pre-parsing to check if the final expansion meet the length criteria or not. Similar applies while posting "See [answer]" as comment.

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You might want to have a look at the [ask] page on this site – Bart Sep 18 '12 at 19:27
Please have a look at [ask]. – Josh Caswell Sep 18 '12 at 19:28
@Bart I didn't got the meaning of your comment. Do you want to say, I should search for it on meta and saying this post is a duplicate. Please clarify – mtk Sep 18 '12 at 19:30
@mtk: They're providing examples of how you could phrase the comment to pass the minimum character limit. – animuson Sep 18 '12 at 19:32
@mtk: He means that instead of writing See [ask]......, you could also pad it with something useful. See How to Ask might pass the 15 char limit, but it isn't exactly a great comment. – Dennis Sep 18 '12 at 19:32
@mtk I hope my answer somewhat clears this up for you. – Bart Sep 18 '12 at 19:33
It can be something else but still short like 'Check How to Ask'. – mtk Sep 18 '12 at 19:33
@mtk That still has the same problem. Put some effort into your comments. It's not all that hard and might be more appreciated by the recipient. – Bart Sep 18 '12 at 19:35
@mtk: Unless the user asked where he can find a page with information on how to post a question, that's not much better. Although you're trying to be helpful (I assume), this sounds very unfriendly. – Dennis Sep 18 '12 at 19:36

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In my opinion "See How to Ask." is not a good comment. (Not the worst of comments either of course) Sure, it is made with the best intentions and links to valuable information. But it might read as a somewhat unfriendly demand.

It is easily rephrased as

You might want to have a look at the [ask] page on this site

which in my opinion reads somewhat friendlier. And it doesn't take all that much effort.

In general I don't really see the point in adding a feature to take such expansion of links into account. I can't think of a situation in which it would be too much effort to simply rephrase what you're trying to say to meet the character limit.

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Yes, the whole point of these shortcuts is to help you explain more in the comment without hitting the character maximum, not to type less. – animuson Sep 18 '12 at 19:34
Yes, I agree. Thanks :) – mtk Sep 18 '12 at 19:35

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