It is quite irritating that the links' urls in comments exhaust the character limit, especially in case of Area51 where entering one link to a proposal can almost take the whole of it (with the refer hash).

This can be of course omitted with an url shortener, but while the limit is already enforced by a JS script, I think it would be more elegant to modify it to ignore the link urls (and maybe also the rest of markdown formatting).

  • Are you talking about comments directly on the proposals, or comments in general?
    – Jon Seigel
    May 29, 2011 at 16:12
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    @Jon The problem is general, but obviously it gets more serious when you have 150 chars instead of 600...
    – mbq
    May 29, 2011 at 17:15
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    2 years after, the issue is still present... Dec 15, 2013 at 19:32
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    For reference, essentially the same feature requests was posted today: discourage url shorteners in comments: don't add link's href size to the total comment size
    – unor
    Oct 3, 2015 at 18:16
  • Furthermore, markdown formatting characters should also be exempted from being counted against comments character limit; they are supposed to add readability, but current implementation penalizes their generous usage Aug 3, 2018 at 5:31

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  • The Area51 links in question are only ~70 characters long -- I believe you can remove the slug of the proposal title from the URL, or at least shorten it to a single character (if not, then we should request that feature).

  • As mentioned, you can use a URL-shortening service.

  • The database has to store comments in their original (raw/Markdown) form to allow for comment editing. The physical field limit is currently 600 characters.

  • The current comment character limit gives you 3 massive non-shortened links (say, 150 characters each) plus ~140 characters for the actual comment. Is that really not enough?

  • If it isn't enough, there's nothing stopping you from spanning your comment over two or more physical comments.

I can see an argument for increasing the limit on proposal comments from 150 to, say, 300 characters, but I don't think there's a case for increasing anything beyond a 600-character limit.


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