I was looking to close a recent question as a shopping request, and there was a standard comment I used to place on questions when doing so, which was:
Questions requesting recommendations for books / software / apps / papers etc. would fall into the shopping request category and aren't really suitable to a Q&A website. The reason for this is that there is no one correct answer, and any recommended items would soon be updated and replaced with newer / better versions making the best answers redundant. Therefore you're better off visiting our Chat site for such discussions, they're not really suitable for this main site I'm afraid.
This is a fine length to be placed as a standard comment on posts. However if I try to use this same text in place of the 'I'm voting to close this as off topic because...' placeholder I am told that my comment is too long by 56 characters.
Why is the close reason comment shorter than a standard comment when they both end up as comments against the question anyway? And can this be extended to match, so that I can reuse my lovely-worded comment when closing these posts.