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When I try to cheat the add comment validator by typing something like

'Yes.               _' 

It will not validate. Apparently the real algorithm does not count white space but the js validator does. Seems like they should be the same. (what is the point of giving people false hope.)

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"When I try to cheat the add comment validator"...maybe don't do that? –  Michael Mrozek Feb 12 '11 at 0:48
    
Thats not fair. How do you guys get to do it but not me?! –  nate c Feb 12 '11 at 1:05
    
@natec Learn markdown ;) –  Yi Jiang Feb 12 '11 at 1:17
    
@nate View the source code of this page to see what they're doing. –  Adam Davis Feb 12 '11 at 1:25
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When the student is ready, the master will appear. –  Adam Davis Feb 12 '11 at 2:11
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@Ryan: If the JS validator doesn't reflect the server-side one, I'd say that's a bug, not a support issue. –  Gelatin Feb 12 '11 at 21:18
    
@pekka who's laughing now, eh? eh? =8-) –  Jeff Atwood Feb 13 '11 at 3:46
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We don't like it when people intentionally subvert the comment character limit.

Please leave substantive, useful comments of at least 15 characters, or don't comment at all.

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Did you just kill the empty-link trick too? –  mmyers Feb 13 '11 at 3:53
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Won't this just lead to "yes -----------" style responses? Was there real harm being done by subverting the limit? –  Pëkka Feb 13 '11 at 17:13
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People will always subvert the limit, whether you like it or not. Now they will subvert it in an uglier way, such as the one @Pekka demonstrated =) –  Andreas Bonini Feb 13 '11 at 17:51
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Yes. ​​​​​​​:-) –  Donal Fellows Feb 13 '11 at 18:39
    
(a.k.a., there are some dirty unicode tricks that still need to be closed off…) –  Donal Fellows Feb 13 '11 at 18:40
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