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Can we get rid of the threshold of 15 chars for comments?

I think it would be rather peachy to allow a grace on the minimum 15 characters needed for a comment for such morsels as "Thanks".

I believe that this would perhaps encourage more niceness on Stack Overflow.

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This place is too friendly as it is. – random Mar 5 '10 at 10:29
see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/700/… – fretje Mar 5 '10 at 10:31

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is noise. But

Thanks; that even improved performance by 25%. Awesome!


Thanks, I appreciate that you went through all those details.

are 1. nice and 2. longer than 15 characters.

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+1 Agree with this. – Kyle Rozendo Mar 5 '10 at 11:56
-1 I do not agree with it... a simple "Many thanks :)" would put a smile in the user that answer it... and though, it's still a char left ... so I have to use "Many thanks :o)" instead :-/ – balexandre Aug 20 '10 at 12:23
@balexandre Seriously, when someone posts an unqualified "thanks" on my answer, that doesn't make me smile -- I feel they just do that because they think they have to. If they say "thanks, that's great because such and such", then it feels like a real "thank you". And then, they also need more then 15 chars – balpha Aug 20 '10 at 12:26

An up-vote is a much better "thank you" than a "thanks" comment!

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Both is even better.. – izb Mar 5 '10 at 10:50
@izb: Not in the spirit of Stack Overflow, where such comments are seen as "noise". – fretje Mar 5 '10 at 10:52
I disagree. a "Thanks" from one person in one post is courteous, not noise. As for the upvote, I agree, but I also think both is better. – Kyle Rozendo Mar 5 '10 at 10:59
@izb Thank you! – Mateen Ulhaq Mar 7 '11 at 4:58

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