I recently found a piece of PHP code on Stack Overflow that was missing a semicolon. This would cause a syntax error, which in turn would cause a "500 internal error", and could be very confusing to beginners.

However, when I went to edit the post, I got an error:

Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post?

What is the correct way to avoid this limit, when the change to be done is genuinely less than 6 characters? (as in this case, it was a single semicolon; I ended up just commenting about it)

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    You did what you could - just comment on it. The OP can then edit it. – Chenmunka Dec 24 '15 at 10:01
  • Couldn't you find something else that can be improved in that post? – Eran Dec 24 '15 at 10:02
  • @Eran Not that equals to 6 characters, not even with the formatting problem, can you? stackoverflow.com/a/30054533/1067003 – hanshenrik Dec 24 '15 at 10:07
  • Check the edits I've made in your question here; there's almost always something else that can be improved. – yannis Dec 24 '15 at 10:08
  • @hanshenrik btw, the missing semicolon isn't actually a problem there. – yannis Dec 24 '15 at 10:10
  • Actually there was much to fix there, the code wasn't formatted at all. anyway, @Yannis already edited, and we can't see what's wrong. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 24 '15 at 10:10
  • I haven't found this here or in the original question, so: You can add an invisible html-comment to overcome that limit. In a second edit you could remove the comment again. – ott-- Dec 24 '15 at 19:19
  • You can add an invisible HTML comment (<!---->) at the end of the post. That comment is 7 characters, so it's enough to get around the 6 character limit. – Donald Duck Aug 14 '17 at 15:32