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How to overcome "Edits must be at least 6 characters"

On Stack Overflow, there was a question with an incorrectly formatted list, which lacked a newline before it and thus came out like this: 1. Hello 2. Something else 3. Goodbye I changed it to the ...
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170 votes
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Are we discouraged from fixing typos and misspellings on Stack Exchange sites?

I just attempted to fix a typo on a question on and saw this Oops! Your edit couldn't be submitted because: Your edit summary must be at least 10 characters This ...
raven's user avatar
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62 votes
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Remove trivial edit restriction

On the beta sites, if I spot a typo I want to correct it. Sometimes that may only be one letter. But I can't because: You do not have edit privileges. Your edit will be placed in a queue until it is ...
Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE's user avatar
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Change this behavior to allow for spelling corrections and the like: "Edits must be at least 6 characters"

Now, it is easy to workaround this: add 10 characters, plus your one-character change, then remove these 10 characters in the next edit for the same post. But this can hardly be what the designers ...
Abel's user avatar
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66 votes
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Allow under 6 character changes if they are inside code tags

I tried to update a jQuery code block that was missing a curly brace. The code is incorrect, but I cannot edit it since changes under 6 characters are not allowed (at least at my level of rep?). I ...
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48 votes
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pure code formatting, to enhance a question, is impossible (without 2k rep)

Without 2k rep, code formatting is impossible, because it just adds spaces, which don't count for the 6-character-ritual-threshold. This question is related to impossible title-improvements for a ...
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Test for "at least 6 non-space characters" stopped a perfectly good edit from being done

I tried to edit "SourceIndex#each is deprecated". How to rectify? to clean up the block of messages which were all folded together. So I indented each one by four characters to make it into ...
Chris Markle's user avatar
29 votes
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Why should edits be at least six non-space characters?

Earlier today I got this message: Oops! Your edit couldn't be submitted because: Edits must be at least 6 non-space characters; is there something else to improve in this post? However, the purpose ...
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10 votes
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Cannot suggest a single-character fix for a typo in a URL [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to overcome “Edits must be at least 6 characters”? I noticed a typo in URL posted in an answer. I know the correct URL, so I decided to correct it. I got this: ...
Michał Šrajer's user avatar
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Low rep users should be able to fix broken links

At present a low rep user (under 2k) can only make an edit suggestion of more than 6 chars, however when someone has taken the time to find to correct link it is a real shame the correction can help ...
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6 votes
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Reconsider the restrictions on editing an answer?

I am trying to edit this answer, because the last person to edit it (not the original poster) broke the link. It is currently: [another Windows Seven Forums website](
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Why is there a 10-character minimum on edits? [duplicate]

Sometimes I come across errors in answers that are small, but "catastrophic". For example, they wrote is when they meant isn't, or they mis-typed a bash command that could damage someone's system. I ...
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correction with less than 6 characters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What about lowering the edit character limit for characters in code snippets? I'd like to change the answer of user Yuan in this question because the second item in his list ...
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3 votes
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Can't fix link in answer because it needs minimum chars to edit [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: We're discouraged from fixing typos and misspellings on SE sites? Edits under 6 characters should be allowed if in a hyperlink URL Can't create a mark-down link when ...
mark's user avatar
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Edits under 6 characters should be allowed if in a hyperlink URL

The 'under 6 characters' limit on suggested edits should be waived for edits in URLs -- it should be possible to correct something like a trailing slash without messing with the prose.
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