If you flag a post as 'requires moderator attention', you have to enter a reason of at least 10 characters. Padding out the reason with spaces reduces the number in the "enter at least X characters" visual feedback label, but submitting the reason then (correctly) fails.

The "Please enter at least X" characters count should ignore leading, trailing, or consecutive whitespace characters.

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    This is also the same case with comments, it turns out.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 23, 2010 at 16:31
  • Good point, Grace - that raises the importance of this issue, I believe
    – Bobby Jack
    Aug 27, 2010 at 12:26
  • Jeff, can you at least explain why you're declining this?
    – Bobby Jack
    Sep 4, 2010 at 19:31
  • This bug still exists one-and-a-half years later ...
    – Bobby Jack
    Feb 17, 2012 at 0:00

1 Answer 1


This is by design. Don't pad with spaces, and enter a valid comment of the required length.

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    I think the OP is agreeing that the system shouldn't permit you to post by adding spaces; his suggestion seems to be that the indicator of how many additional characters are needed should also ignore the spaces, so the feedback is aligned with the enforcement.
    – Jaydles
    Aug 23, 2010 at 21:45
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    Spot on, @Jaydles
    – Bobby Jack
    Aug 24, 2010 at 8:46

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