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Can we get rid of the threshold of 15 chars for comments?

I think it would be rather peachy to allow a grace on the minimum 15 characters needed for a comment for such morsels as "Thanks".

I believe that this would perhaps encourage more niceness on Stack Overflow.


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An up-vote is a much better "thank you" than a "thanks" comment!

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    Both is even better..
    – izb
    Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 10:50
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    @izb: Not in the spirit of Stack Overflow, where such comments are seen as "noise".
    – fretje
    Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 10:52
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    I disagree. a "Thanks" from one person in one post is courteous, not noise. As for the upvote, I agree, but I also think both is better. Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 10:59


is noise. But

Thanks; that even improved performance by 25%. Awesome!


Thanks, I appreciate that you went through all those details.

are 1. nice and 2. longer than 15 characters.

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    -1 I do not agree with it... a simple "Many thanks :)" would put a smile in the user that answer it... and though, it's still a char left ... so I have to use "Many thanks :o)" instead :-/
    – balexandre
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 12:23
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    @balexandre Seriously, when someone posts an unqualified "thanks" on my answer, that doesn't make me smile -- I feel they just do that because they think they have to. If they say "thanks, that's great because such and such", then it feels like a real "thank you". And then, they also need more then 15 chars
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 12:26
  • @balpha I'm guessing you hate "thx" just like me. They couldn't even be bothered typing out the full word. Commented Nov 1, 2019 at 13:54

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