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Please notify me of the 30,000 character limit

Is there a limit on the length of a question/post on the SO sites?

I was posting to this question and claim there is no limit. I don't see an explicit limit. Is there a limit?

The tag character-length seems to not have anything definitive.


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30,000 characters

Assuming an average word length of 5, plus a space, that's about 5000 words. Assuming the average page of a novel has 250 words, it's the equivalent in length to 20 pages of a novel).

Source: on the post "Please increase the maximum allowed length for answers", Jeff Atwood says:

If you "need" to post more than 30k chars, that's probably symptomatic of other problems.

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    This question is a dupe, so there is no need to answer, since it's already been answered. Nov 10, 2009 at 2:18
  • My cite says 30k, your dupe says 40k. I would say that it's not a settled question and feel this question has been closed without considering the fact that a user can't really find a definitive answer. This question was a chance to get that answer and is the reason I opened it.
    – artlung
    Nov 10, 2009 at 3:17

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