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I am commenting on an answer to a question I wrote. I clicked the "Add Comment" button under the answer and the edit window opened and I typed my comment, then when I click the SECOND "Add comment" button to the right of the edit box, it does nothing. Why. I am using Firefox and I have commented on questions before, so I don't think it is a simple java-script issue as others have pointed out.

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My javascript regularly goes.... "odd" on SO. First thing to try is emptying the browser cache... just to be sure. – Marc Gravell Mar 21 '10 at 9:30
What I often do is to perform a hard-refresh (shift-refresh). – o.k.w Mar 21 '10 at 9:46
Now I see the problem! I get only 600 characters for my comment. Below the edit box it shows "-816 characters left". How helpful is that - the minus sign is small and easily missed as a MINUS sign. Sigh. – Harvey Mar 21 '10 at 9:48
Ok, How can I add clarification to my question without that 600 char limit? – Harvey Mar 21 '10 at 9:55
I did clear the cache - no help – Harvey Mar 21 '10 at 9:56
@Harvey, edit your question instead of adding a comment. The "- xxx characters left" is indeed very confusing. Something should be done for that. – o.k.w Mar 21 '10 at 9:57
I just changed my comment to a shorter one and "Add comment" worked fine. This is all really annoying. I went to the trouble of composing a clarification to my question and then spent two hours learning that it was too long. It seem my only options in continuing a Stackoverflow thread is to add a small comment or "Answer Your Question". Duh - really?!?!? – Harvey Mar 21 '10 at 10:03
Oh, and yes it is limited to 600. Right here * it says I have 554 characters left. Yes I was 816 over (-816 characters left). – Harvey Mar 21 '10 at 10:06
Sorry, O.K.W. now I see what you said to edit my original question. I misread that in my first reading. – Harvey Mar 21 '10 at 10:09
1416 character comment? I think that might mean it's more than just a comment... – Mark Henderson Mar 21 '10 at 21:15
Yah, but I didn't know how (or where) to add clarification to my question. I'm used to the many other forums and usenet groups where a thread is like an ongoing conversation. But now I have learned that I have to edit (and add to) my original question. I guess I can live with that. – Harvey Mar 22 '10 at 6:32

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If you go over the 600 character limit in a comment (or under 15), the "Add Comment" button simply does nothing. Sigh.

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Actually it does 'blink' the character count message briefly. I do agree though that the cue is not obvious. – o.k.w Mar 21 '10 at 11:15
This always happens when it doesn't have enough characters. It appears to be a new change. The blink effect is also eastethically terrible =p – Andreas Bonini Mar 21 '10 at 15:54
Perhaps the cue should be more obvious, such as: when clicked, the button disappears completely and is replaced with NO! (font-size:200%), until your character count is within the valid range. – ベレアー アダム Mar 23 '10 at 14:07

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