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I find the error message a bit misleading as it fails to explain that in this situation the @username isn't taken into account in the character count (since @username won't be displayed in the posted comment, as username is the poster):

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    You aren't supposed to tag OP's name in the comments... – 54D Aug 30 '15 at 3:45
  • @ArceusMaster0493 I know (did you read the question?) but in the Android app when hitting the reply button it does tag OP's name in the comments... – Franck Dernoncourt Aug 30 '15 at 3:46
  • Then eh, it's a bug? I don't think it's supposed to be like that. iOS app doesn't have this function. I do agree on a more clarified message. – 54D Aug 30 '15 at 3:49
  • @ArceusMaster0493 unsure, I was also hesitating tagging this question as a bug. – Franck Dernoncourt Aug 30 '15 at 3:50
  • 5 down votes and no explanation, nice job! – Franck Dernoncourt Aug 30 '15 at 5:38
  • +1 for valid issue, especially since the OP name is added automatically by the app itself. /cc @ArceusMaster – ShaWiz Aug 30 '15 at 6:23
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    @FranckDernoncourt if you will change this question into feature request asking to not automatically add the OP's name when replying to his/her comment this might be more sensible to implement, and would likely gather more support from users i.e. upvotes. :) – ShaWiz Aug 30 '15 at 6:25
  • @ShadowWizard I think it's a second (though very related) issue so I posted a second question for it meta.stackexchange.com/q/264454/178179 – Franck Dernoncourt Aug 30 '15 at 6:48
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    People are weird. Why would a better and more clarified message be a bad idea? @Downvoters – M.A.R. Aug 30 '15 at 7:50
  • I can't delete my downvote ;( – 54D Aug 30 '15 at 8:40
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Yes. The system lacks consistency and clarity when it comes to this point.

Whether you agree to the current explanation of Jeff why the @username gets stripped out or not, we still should make the system easy to understand to users. Who didn't count 10 times when he/she first saw this error message? At least I did.

So yes, the text should make the reason behind it clear. Another thing, not very related, I can think of is this: shouldn't it always strip out the @username when counting the characters? This will make the behavior easier to understand in all circumstances. Maybe I will do a feature request on this.

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