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How to overcome “Edits must be at least 6 characters”?
Change this behavior to allow for spelling corrections and the like: “Edits must be at least 6 characters”

Sometimes I'd like to fix the indentation of a code sample in a question, but on submitting I get this error message:

Edits must be at least 6 non-space characters; is there something else to improve in this post?

Is there a way to work around this restriction without altering the content of the question?


I edit a lot of questions, and I nearly always find more than one issue to fix. If you can't find anything, I suggest you look harder. I can't find any edits of fewer than six characters in my last 100 edits.

The six-character limitation for suggested edits may be an issue in theory, but I'll bet it's nearly never one in practice. Post an example or two, though, and prove me wrong.

  • I routinely correct 1-character typos in titles. – Keith Thompson Nov 7 '11 at 4:51
  • @Keith, the most recent one-character edit I found from you is this one. You could have removed two lines of salutation. I would also have reworded the first sentence, removing the "I wonder how I can". In fact... just made that edit: 31 characters changed. – Michael Petrotta Nov 7 '11 at 5:14

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