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Comment character counter does not trim, while the server does

If I enter the comment

1 456789012345

(two spaces after the 1)

The text below the comment input box changes from "1 more to go..." to "585 characters left" after I enter the last 5.

However, if I try to submit that comment, I get a popup notification

"Comments must be at least 15 characters in length."

The problem seems to be caused by inconsistent treatment of the double space after the initial 1.

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    I always thought this was by design. Consecutive whitespaces are interpreted as an attempt to game the systems, so there's no heads-up when you're trying to do it.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 17:42
  • Sure, but why provide inconsistent feedback to the consecutive whitespace? Just don't count it, in a consistent manner.
    – Eric J.
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 17:49
  • SO has one of the best web interfaces out there. Personally I see this as inconsistent input validation that ever so slightly tarnishes the awesomeness of the overall user experience, not as a "feature" to "get" people who are gaming the counter.
    – Eric J.
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 19:02


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