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I'm following a proposal in Area 51 and today noticed that the proposal comment max length is 150 characters, which does not make sense to me.

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I'm not sure how recent this change is, but before I left a 384 character long comment. Today I broke my comment in 3 or 4... despite my intents to be concise.

This reminds me of Twitter... is that a bug?

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Is any down-voter willing to tell me what's wrong with my question? –  jachguate Mar 19 '11 at 20:54

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Immediately below the comments section, is the discussion area you've previously found. http://discuss.area51.stackexchange.com was added because in proposals, we do want to encourage discussion that is more than just a single thread of comments.

discussion area on proposal

When this change was made, adding new comments was no longer possible. However, it was decided that for some extremely simple, one-off comments, creating a discussion question was too heavy. For that reason, we re-enabled comments, but we still want to encourage actual discussion to take place in the discussion area.

If your comment is something that you are looking to discuss, please create a new discussion for that. Don't try to cram it in to a comment - and if you are finding yourself separating your comment out like you have done, that is a big hint that perhaps it does not belong in the comment section but rather the discussion section. The length limit was lowered specifically to encourage people to use the discussion area for actual discussions.

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The other day I created a new discussion in Spanish, as the proposal is to create a Spanish-spoken site, but I'd been warned to create the discussion first in English which is a bit/lot of more work to do... specially if the interested people will understand and speak Spanish. On the other hand, with comments, I'm hoping the @mentioned users get a notification about it and come back with answers. –  jachguate Mar 19 '11 at 19:24

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