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How to overcome “Edits must be at least 6 characters”?

I want to correct a typo on a post where the correction modifies less than 6 characters. How can I do this? I assume that adding random characters would be bad comedy.


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You can't. The general SO opinion about this is that you shouldn't fix a minor typo without also making other — more substantial — edits to a post.

Which is reflected by not allowing you to do that when you have less than 2k rep.

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    @Killbog: Subtle... but that's a privilege for 2k+ rep users only, like mentioned in my answer ;-) I do agree that it is sometimes worthwhile to do minor typo fixes. I personally can't leave a wrong its or it's for instance as it totally messes up my flow if I encounter one.
    – fretje
    Apr 19, 2011 at 13:36

Either find something else to edit, or cheat. It's kind of a silly rule, since there are many times you don't need six chars.

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