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When you run out of votes do you lose the ability to comment until your vote bucket is refreshed?

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Let me find out... – Peter Olson Apr 14 '11 at 21:04
What does commenting have to do with votes? – Daniel DiPaolo Apr 14 '11 at 21:05
@Daniel: They are not associated in this way. – Robert Harvey Apr 14 '11 at 21:08
What brought this question about? – JSONBog Apr 14 '11 at 21:16
I pursued the Suffrage badge (use all your votes), then I was unable to add a comment. I wasn't sure if it was a problem on my side, or that was a feature of SE. – this.josh Apr 14 '11 at 21:21
Found out what it was. My comment was too long and I din't notice the -118 characters left under the comment box. I only noticed that the 'Add Comment' button wasn't working. Maybe I will request a more overt signal for "Comment too long". – this.josh Apr 14 '11 at 21:35
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No. You can still comment event after you run out of votes.

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Thanks for answering. – this.josh Apr 14 '11 at 21:26
29 no less! ;-) – Arjan Apr 15 '11 at 20:32
BREAKING, I just figured out how the TOP SECRET heuristics work! Just discard punctuation, lowercase, and sum a=1, b=2, ..., n=14, o=15, ... ;-) – Arjan Apr 15 '11 at 20:45
@Arjan hahaha, it looks a bit like it! :) – Pëkka Apr 15 '11 at 20:46
I now think reputation is related to the length of the display name. That explains why you needed the "other" in there too, to get over 20k. Right? – Arjan Apr 15 '11 at 20:47
@Arjan exactly. The "other" was what pushed me > 20k under the new calculation system (which pushed me back from 22k when it was implemented) – Pëkka Apr 15 '11 at 20:48
Maybe a curly quote in Pekka's is worth more too! – Arjan Apr 15 '11 at 20:49
@Arjan I was thinking about using Pekka's extreme trolling account next. Maybe the extremeness of the name plays into it, too. – Pëkka Apr 15 '11 at 20:52

I think I know what brought this question on...

On SO, you currently have 46 Rep. This is still below the Rep threshold of 50 that you need to post comments on other users questions and answers (this info can be found in the FAQ). However, you can always post comments on your own questions and answers even with a Rep of 1.

My guess is that you were able to comment on your own posts, then used up all your upvotes in a day (earning you the Suffrage badge), then tried to comment on someone elses posts and couldn't, wrongly attributing the comment restriction on your casting of votes.

But don't fret, just one more upvote and you'll be able to comment all you want!

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See my comment on this question. My comment was too long, and I didn't notice. – this.josh Apr 14 '11 at 22:10

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