I just edited my StackOverflow Profile, I pressed Save Profile, but it refused to save because I exceeded the maximum characters. In fact, while I was editing, I was looking for a character count, but didn't see one. I was afraid I'd go over, and sure enough, I did.
So why isn't there a character count when editing your profile, or even when typing a question like I am now? I would like to know while I'm typing if I've exceeded the maximum length, not after I press "Save" or "Post" etc. This applies to any place where you type large text with a size limit - even on all the different StackExchange sites.