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See my original question here: http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/99104/posting-comments-where-whoever-is-removed-and-prevents-posting-due-to-short-comm

I understand why @alerts are being removed.

My question is related to the inconsistency between the 'characters remaining' count while typing and the removal of the @alert pushing the count under the limit.

It was very confusing for me, as i'd type away, see that the comment had enough characters, then be presented with the message.

I think a lot of new (and existing?) users would find this confusing.

In this case (where removal of an @Alert is directly responsible for making a comment under the char limit) should a more appropriate message should be displayed?

(I'm not questioning the decision to remove @alerts that would be sent anyway.)

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Are people still using comments as chat? – random Jul 26 '11 at 15:17
    
I don't understand how this is different than the original question you asked.... – Cody Gray Jul 26 '11 at 15:25
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Imagine someone types @postername, great answer! - is that using comments as chat? I don't think so. It will produce a confusing user experience for the person typing it (who will probably edit it to thanks, great answer! which really hasn't made the universe better. – Kate Gregory Jul 26 '11 at 15:26
    
@Cody, it is pretty much the same question, but i was hoping for responses relating specifically to the message that comes up in this case, rather than a debate re. Alerts and their usage. – George Duckett Jul 26 '11 at 15:31

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