I just wrote an answer to a question and it was automatically converted to a comment for being 'trivial'. What are the criteria of a trivial answer?

The answer was posted here but has since been edited to exclude a link.

I'd prefer if the answer to this question was not specific to what happened to me, but rather to explain in general what might be considered a trivial answer.


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    Can you link that answer ? Dec 12, 2013 at 14:30
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    Link to a post in the same site and less than 30 characters in addition to the link makes it trivial. You edited your comment so we can't know what your answer looked like. Dec 12, 2013 at 14:33

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You answer was too short. Please include more content and try to explain your answer.

This is ironic because my answer is short.

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    But it does not contain a link, thus not converted. :) Dec 12, 2013 at 14:36
  • Good to know. Do you have a source for the 30 character info?
    – JuJoDi
    Dec 12, 2013 at 14:37
  • @ShaWizDowArd thought it was one or the other ... well well I will need to study my books a little more. Dec 12, 2013 at 14:37
  • @ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd - well, you can't submit answer with less than 30 non space characters to begin with so the common way to reach over 30 without actual content is links. Dec 12, 2013 at 14:41
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    @JuJoDi no official source, just trial and error made at some point. (30 makes sense, as it's the post character limit to begin with :)) Dec 12, 2013 at 14:43
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    +1 for irony
    – Cruncher
    Dec 12, 2013 at 14:54
  • I thought the limit was 55 chars?
    – Geobits
    Dec 12, 2013 at 14:55
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    -1 because you tried to explain the irony, thereby making your answer not as short as it should have been.
    – Servy
    Dec 12, 2013 at 15:08
  • @Generic yeah, 55 was too hard to remember... my bad. Still, close enough. Dec 12, 2013 at 15:14

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