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This is a minor frustration, but I have a comment that I put italics and bold into (using asterisks.) Now I know I just just be happy that I could do it at all, but it seems to me that those should not count toward my comment char limit.

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With so many repeated paths, that comment could easily have been shortened. You also could have split it into two comments. –  Jon Seigel Jun 8 '10 at 20:33
Much more of an impact are links; the whole URL and brackets/parentheses count towards the limit –  Michael Mrozek Jun 8 '10 at 20:43

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Six hundred characters isn't enough to include your content plus formatting? That Should Be Enough For Anyone™.

That particular comment could be done as an update to the question, where it would be much more readable. View source to steal:

Update: Regarding pm.h as ctacke points out, I must have something funny going on. I have 5 versions of pm.h on my machine and none of them have POWER_STATE_BACKLIGHTON in them. I am using VS 2008. They are located at:

  • C:\Program Files\Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK R2\PocketPC\Include\Armv4i
  • C:\Program Files\Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK R2\Smartphone\Include\Armv4i
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\SmartDevices\SDK\PocketPC2003\Include
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\SmartDevices\SDK\Smartphone2003\Include
  • C:\Program Files\Windows CE Tools\wce500\Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC SDK\Include\Armv4i
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Though those sentences could be better phrased; I paid attention to the formatting and pretty much ignored the content of the SO question... ;) –  Gnome Jun 8 '10 at 21:19
I wish I could format the spacing in my comments, but until this is done (never) I think you have the best solution. –  Vaccano Jun 8 '10 at 22:51
Not if you're using links, it's not! –  HodofHod Jun 14 '12 at 14:36

We need the formatting chars to count so that we can put in comments of less than 15 chars. Please don't blow it for us.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​ –  mmyers Jun 8 '10 at 20:42
I used to use ` `, but they fixed that one :( –  Michael Mrozek Jun 8 '10 at 20:43
See, @Chacha's comment shows up as a big blank area. Mine doesn't show anything at all. –  mmyers Jun 8 '10 at 20:53
@mmyers: Interesting, they appear identical on Chrome 6.0.408.1. What are you using? –  Gnome Jun 8 '10 at 20:57
I see the blank space in IE8. –  Lance Roberts Jun 8 '10 at 21:03
I have IE7 here at work. I'll check on Opera when I get home. @The –  mmyers Jun 8 '10 at 21:12
IE8 at the office, and Firefox 3.summat here render nothing for mmyers, and a blank area for Chacha. –  Grace Note Jun 8 '10 at 22:53
Opera 10.53 also shows blank for Chacha. @cco @The –  mmyers Jun 8 '10 at 23:39
Safari 5 doesen't even show a space - just the "–". –  Emil Jun 12 '10 at 22:03

In a perfect world... yeah, I agree.

In this one though, that sounds like the sort of thing that would be rather problematic to implement. Either write shorter comments, or push for a larger character limit...

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What about links? They take up a large chunk of the charlimit. Though its not too pressing, when a bunch of links kills my charlimit, I use multiple comments :) –  Manishearth Jun 14 '12 at 15:07

How many formatting character do you propose to use out of 600ish in you answer, man?

I mean, I routinely use 4--8 in a long comment, but that is of close order 1%.

Surely you can tighten up you prose enough to make that big a difference, and if you can't you're trying to cram too much into a comment.

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