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If you flag a post as 'requires moderator attention', you have to enter a reason of at least 10 characters. Padding out the reason with spaces reduces the number in the "enter at least X characters" visual feedback label, but submitting the reason then (correctly) fails.

The "Please enter at least X" characters count should ignore leading, trailing, or consecutive whitespace characters.

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This is also the same case with comments, it turns out. – Grace Note Aug 23 '10 at 16:31
    
Good point, Grace - that raises the importance of this issue, I believe – Bobby Jack Aug 27 '10 at 12:26
    
Jeff, can you at least explain why you're declining this? – Bobby Jack Sep 4 '10 at 19:31
    
This bug still exists one-and-a-half years later ... – Bobby Jack Feb 17 '12 at 0:00

This is by design. Don't pad with spaces, and enter a valid comment of the required length.

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I think the OP is agreeing that the system shouldn't permit you to post by adding spaces; his suggestion seems to be that the indicator of how many additional characters are needed should also ignore the spaces, so the feedback is aligned with the enforcement. – Jaydles Aug 23 '10 at 21:45
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Spot on, @Jaydles – Bobby Jack Aug 24 '10 at 8:46

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