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Do away with minimum char limits on comments.

What's wrong with with simply saying 'thanks' or 'cool'? I instead have to type 'thanks..................... :)', 'cool................. :)' and so on. Why have this restriction? Is there something wrong with simply thanking someone?

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  • I see what you did there Feb 18, 2010 at 19:44
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    Good opportunity to remember the first "me too" on usenet: groups.google.com/group/net.micro.pc/msg/993d3e017d041ed4 (that is, according to google.com/googlegroups/archive_announce_20.html)
    – Arjan
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:49
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    – Welbog
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:50
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    The limit s there to prevent that (well, to make you work at it, anyway). Feb 18, 2010 at 19:51
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    @Click Upvote: Note that I will flag any comment that is just "thanks" or "cool". These comments are nothing but noise and take away space from real comments when they're folded up in the initial view.
    – Welbog
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:52
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    and I will flag them also (because one flag doesn't really do anything)
    – juan
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:53
  • @Arjan van Bentem: I wasn't even born.. Feb 18, 2010 at 19:54

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IMHO, comments should be used for more than saying thanks, they should enrich a post.

Short comments like thanks or cool are just noise

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    That's perhaps what you think but if someone takes the time to answer my question they would be happy to see a quick thanks message, plus its common courtesy. Feb 18, 2010 at 19:47
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    I still don't agree. Upvote them to show them courtesy, and comment only to add value
    – juan
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:48
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    @Click Upvote: Upvotes are for giving a quick thanks. Comments are for asking for clarification and holding short discussions. What you think they're for is irrelevant, because their use is well defined.
    – Welbog
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:49
  • The people who take the time to answer a question are still a human behind the screen. A robot would be satisfied with just an upvote, humans appreciate if someone thanks them verbally. Feb 18, 2010 at 19:51
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    Last time I checked, I was human, and I prefer an upvote thank you very much
    – juan
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:52
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    @Click Upvote: The site runs on votes, not thanks.
    – Welbog
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:54
  • Personally the words thank you has lost a lot of meaning when you read it 20 times a day. Hearing the words Cool makes me feel like I am on a school ground. Slang has place, but not on a professional developer Q&A. Feb 18, 2010 at 19:55
  • @Downvoter I doubt you post many helpful answers longer than a few lines. I'm talking about when someone does a lot of research and gives you a detailed answer, they deserve more than an upvote. Feb 18, 2010 at 19:55
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    @Click, add a bounty to your question, and award it to them
    – juan
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:56
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    Dammit, @Urdnot, you got there before I did. And I had a better edit comment than you: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man" ...
    – John Rudy
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:58
  • @Downvoter it takes 48 hours before you can start a bounty and there's a high chance many people would forget it by then. And many people get good answers and don't have enough rep to start a bounty Feb 18, 2010 at 23:48
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Comments are for dialog, not for love notes.

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    Can we have this in bold please. Feb 18, 2010 at 19:54
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    @Diago: You're a moderator.
    – Welbog
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:55
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    ♥​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​♡♥♡
    – mmyers
    Feb 18, 2010 at 19:57
  • @Urdnot - And? Doesn't mean I can just go and edit someone else's post. This is Meta. We are the bad guys here remember :) Feb 18, 2010 at 20:03
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    @Diago: You're the bad guy because you obviously have no idea what being a moderator means. This phenomenon is not local to Meta, lest you forget your sillywhilstling last week on SU threatening users.
    – Welbog
    Feb 18, 2010 at 20:07
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    @Urdnot. You're welcome to enlighten me then. I obviously did sleep through my moderation lessons when I was in school. :) Feb 18, 2010 at 20:41
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    ...So...who likes ponies...
    – IAbstract
    Feb 19, 2010 at 1:19

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