# Why have a comment min char limit? [duplicate]

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Do away with minimum char limits on comments.

What's wrong with with simply saying 'thanks' or 'cool'? I instead have to type 'thanks..................... :)', 'cool................. :)' and so on. Why have this restriction? Is there something wrong with simply thanking someone?

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## marked as duplicate by XMLbog, Robert Cartaino♦, John Rudy, alex, randomFeb 18 '10 at 23:50

I see what you did there –  Michael Haren Feb 18 '10 at 19:44
Good opportunity to remember the first "me too" on usenet: groups.google.com/group/net.micro.pc/msg/993d3e017d041ed4 (that is, according to google.com/googlegroups/archive_announce_20.html) –  Arjan Feb 18 '10 at 19:49
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The limit s there to prevent that (well, to make you work at it, anyway). –  dmckee Feb 18 '10 at 19:51
@Click Upvote: Note that I will flag any comment that is just "thanks" or "cool". These comments are nothing but noise and take away space from real comments when they're folded up in the initial view. –  XMLbog Feb 18 '10 at 19:52
and I will flag them also (because one flag doesn't really do anything) –  jmfsg Feb 18 '10 at 19:53
@Arjan van Bentem: I wasn't even born.. –  Andreas Bonini Feb 18 '10 at 19:54

IMHO, comments should be used for more than saying thanks, they should enrich a post.

Short comments like thanks or cool are just noise

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That's perhaps what you think but if someone takes the time to answer my question they would be happy to see a quick thanks message, plus its common courtesy. –  Click Upvote Feb 18 '10 at 19:47
I still don't agree. Upvote them to show them courtesy, and comment only to add value –  jmfsg Feb 18 '10 at 19:48
@Click Upvote: Upvotes are for giving a quick thanks. Comments are for asking for clarification and holding short discussions. What you think they're for is irrelevant, because their use is well defined. –  XMLbog Feb 18 '10 at 19:49
The people who take the time to answer a question are still a human behind the screen. A robot would be satisfied with just an upvote, humans appreciate if someone thanks them verbally. –  Click Upvote Feb 18 '10 at 19:51
Last time I checked, I was human, and I prefer an upvote thank you very much –  jmfsg Feb 18 '10 at 19:52
@Click Upvote: The site runs on votes, not thanks. –  XMLbog Feb 18 '10 at 19:54
Personally the words thank you has lost a lot of meaning when you read it 20 times a day. Hearing the words Cool makes me feel like I am on a school ground. Slang has place, but not on a professional developer Q&A. –  Diago Feb 18 '10 at 19:55
@Downvoter I doubt you post many helpful answers longer than a few lines. I'm talking about when someone does a lot of research and gives you a detailed answer, they deserve more than an upvote. –  Click Upvote Feb 18 '10 at 19:55
@Click, add a bounty to your question, and award it to them –  jmfsg Feb 18 '10 at 19:56
Dammit, @Urdnot, you got there before I did. And I had a better edit comment than you: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man" ... –  John Rudy Feb 18 '10 at 19:58
@Downvoter it takes 48 hours before you can start a bounty and there's a high chance many people would forget it by then. And many people get good answers and don't have enough rep to start a bounty –  Click Upvote Feb 18 '10 at 23:48

Comments are for dialog, not for love notes.

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Can we have this in bold please. –  Diago Feb 18 '10 at 19:54
@Diago: You're a moderator. –  XMLbog Feb 18 '10 at 19:55
♥​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​♡♥♡ –  mmyers Feb 18 '10 at 19:57
@Urdnot - And? Doesn't mean I can just go and edit someone else's post. This is Meta. We are the bad guys here remember :) –  Diago Feb 18 '10 at 20:03
@Diago: You're the bad guy because you obviously have no idea what being a moderator means. This phenomenon is not local to Meta, lest you forget your sillywhilstling last week on SU threatening users. –  XMLbog Feb 18 '10 at 20:07
@Urdnot. You're welcome to enlighten me then. I obviously did sleep through my moderation lessons when I was in school. :) –  Diago Feb 18 '10 at 20:41
...So...who likes ponies... –  IAbstract Feb 19 '10 at 1:19