Hi, I just lost a comment entry that was over 600 characters long when I attempted to save it.

Granted, I did not pay attention to the visible character limit. Still, perhaps SO could display a message instead of losing my entry ?

  • I agree that this is a bug. But then: 600 characters just for a comment? The world now learns to communicate with 140 char messages (Jeff's beloved twitter, short messages), so this seems so 90ties ;-)
    – malach
    Aug 10, 2009 at 14:19
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    @Ralph: have you seen Jeff's beloved twitter feed? That's not communication, it's a sig file!
    – Shog9
    Aug 10, 2009 at 14:30

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I think the best solution would be to just have the text field stop accepting input at 600 characters.

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    They tried this once. It was very annoying. The bug here is that the Add Comment button still submits after warning you that you're over the limit...
    – Shog9
    Aug 10, 2009 at 14:14

This has been fixed and will be in the next build.

I'll refactor that a bit later to follow the same convention that minimum length checks use: disable the submit button if validation isn't met.


It does display a message. Unfortunately, it also reloads the page, losing anything you've written. Note that comment submission normally happens via an AJAX request and does not reload the whole page.

That's a bug.


Like Thomas said, the system should probably just have that hard limit set. But also, users need to pay attention when the red text starts counting down.

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