I just posted this comment: it works! and the source code is:

<span class="comment-copy">it works­­­­­!­</span>

It seems that nothing visible here but I used this character:­ [alt + 0173], I knew this case is not common, but the JavaScript part can be improved to count readable characters only.

The HTML entity is: &shy; for that hidden character, its called Soft hyphen (SHY)

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    Related - Bananas in comments? - no it isn't that smart.
    – user213963
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 21:13
  • I just posted this for improvements I don't know if its bug or expected behaviour
    – Jason OOO
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 21:14
  • please don't play with it I will delete my question if so!
    – Jason OOO
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 21:19
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    I'm still waiting for the punchline of the title. What can be achieved by passing comment?
    – Kerrek SB
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 22:06
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    – bfavaretto
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 22:31
  • At least posting question like that returned "This post does not meet our quality standards."
    – Mołot
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 7:38

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Why do some people have a problem with brevity?

A short post can be every bit as high-quality and effective as a longer one.

If someone used Alt+0173 to make their brief post, they certainly aren't making short posts because of a lack of effort.

I see this as a good thing, not a fault.

  • I am not taking about why users uses this, I just posted to let developers know if its expected or not.
    – Jason OOO
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 21:17
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    I would dispute something in this answer, but... tl;dr
    – Shog9
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 21:23
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    @Shog9 tl;dr: Just do it. Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 7:42

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