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I edited a comment. I deleted a part of it, i clicked the "Save Edits" button and watched as it showed the message "3 more to go..." and didn't save. I retried several times, reloaded the page, tried again, with no success.

Until I found out "3 more to go..." meant that the comment had to be at least 3 more characters long. That's a very confusing way to express it. I thought it meant that I could edit the comment 3 more times, or something like that. I thought the saving was not working because of some network error or sw bug.

It is probably clear enough when you write a comment from scratch, as you can observe the number before "more to go..." is decremented at every character you type. But that is not the case when you edit a comment and delete a chunk.

  1. the text should be clearer, for example: "3 more characters needed".
  2. it should be in red color
  3. either of these: (a) the "Save Edits" button should be greyed out while you can't save for whatever reason, OR (b) when you click Save Edits, an error box should appear with an error message, such as: "Can't save edits: comment too short" (the same as currently happens when you try to vote/downvote an item you cannot vote/downvote, or when you try to post a comment within the minimum time span, etc).
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marked as duplicate by staticx, psubsee2003, animuson, ben is uǝq backwards, Bo Persson Apr 18 '13 at 16:24

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I don't like the idea of it being red, at least until you click "add comment". I like that it's subtle in most cases; it's usually not a point of failure. IMO it should just clarify the error when you click "add comment" changing from "3 more to go" to "you must enter at least 3 more characters", optionally turning red after the failed submit –  Ben Brocka Apr 18 '13 at 16:12
    
@benisuǝqbackwards: It's still FAQ-ish –  staticx Apr 18 '13 at 16:21
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