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Has it ever been considered to raise the 30K character limit for answers?

Most Superuser questions can be comprehensively answered within the confines of 30K characters, however there are the occasional comprehensive answers that could benefit from additional comprehensive ...
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Custom comment when sharing feedback doesn't warn of the character limit and simply truncates the text

When reviewing and sharing feedback with a custom comment, the little box thing where I type the comment doesn't warn of the 500-character limit, nor does it give me a countdown of how many characters ...
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Request for new user limitation: minimum character count to ask a question

Over at Worldbuilding we periodically receive new users who (not surprisingly) don't believe they need to take the tour or read the Help Center pages before they use the site. Call it being human... ...
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Warn BEFORE of 6 character edit limit, not AFTER

It was a bright sunny day. We noticed something amiss in somebody else's post. We thought, "Let's be helpful, and fix it." So we set our hand to (gasp) editing it. We thereupon see: Your ...
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Editing the body of a question can sometimes cause the title to change without any prompting ...

There is a trimming routine that removes or changes certain punctuation at the end of a title. For example if you try to end a title with ... it will be removed from the title, when you hit submit. ...
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I cannot flag a comment as "Something else" with an explanation longer than 200 characters

I think that there is now a 500 character limit for the "Something else" text box for flagging a comment, however the system gives me an error message when I tried to submit an explanation ...
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"comments must be at least 15 characters in length" when I am trying to post a question [duplicate]

I have been trying to post a question on Stack Overflow for the first time. My title and body meet the minimum character requirements, but when I try to post it, I get "Comments must be at least ...
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Indicate or limit character capacity in custom comment textarea of review modal

I was reviewing a first question from a new user today in the review queue and wrote a custom comment that was evidently too long. At the time of writing, I didn't realize that I exceeded the ...
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Count length of comment only by the markdown formatted *result* length, not by its *raw input* length [duplicate]

When adding markdown formatted links, you have the chance to give a short and readable name to a link, using : I have to change it to: to be able to comment. Result: If I try to save some space in ...
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Ignore formatting and links when determining if comments exceed size limit [duplicate]

The max size of comments seems OK, but can we calculate it based on rendered character count, rather than input character count? For example, this input: This sentence has *emphasis* and a [link](...
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A[n] [In]complete Character-Limiting Guide to Stack Exchange

The Stack Exchange network user interface has a lot of forms, and subsequently, inputs with various character limits in place. Some of them are notorious (such as custom moderator flag character limit ...
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Increase message size for “other” flag details [duplicate]

When user wants to flag some comment and select “something else” there is a prompt “problem not listed above. Try to be as specific as possible.”. Unfortunately the message size is only 200 ...
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Change the wording of the character-limit error from "X characters too much" to "X characters too many" on the Chat.SE profile

On my chat.SE profile, I entered a few characters too many and saw this error: Can we change that to "X characters too many", or "Too long by X characters" to be consistent with ...
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Pluralization issue in too-long title error message, when title is 151 characters

In the question title after trying to add more than 150 characters, there is a warning displayed over the title box. After entering the 151th character, the warning is displayed as "Too long by 1 ...
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No errors are shown when trying to suggest an edit that doesn't meet the threshold

There used to be an error message displayed when attempting to submit an edit suggestion (<2k users) if the edit does not meet a certain threshold (6 characters when only the body is edited, IIRC). ...
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How did the system not catch these two <30 character answers?

A few days ago, I saw this answer, and thought nothing of the fact that it had <30 characters (including zero-width spaces and HTML tags and other Unicode characters). But then I saw this answer, ...
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How did this suggested edit bypass the 6 character limit?

This suggested edit, while a useful one, only edits a single character in the answer. How did it manage to bypass the minimum 'edit size' of 6 characters? When I try to change just the 'B' to a 'C' ...
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Truncated spaces at the end shouldn't be counted when computing the 150-character limit for a question

When computing the 150-character limit for a question, the trailing space(s) are counted as part of the question title, even though they'll be truncated away when the question is saved. For example ...
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How to "Be precise" without explaining anything

I just flagged a post for custom moderator intervention and I was asked to be precise and detailed in my explanation. And then the box ended with like two tweets length. Seriously? I should be precise ...
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Empty suggested edit by an anonymous user [duplicate]

I just got an empty suggested edit by an anonymous user in the "Suggested edits" review queue: The edit shows no change in the Markdown or in the rendered output of the post. This can also ...
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Increase the character limit of the custom edit rejection reasons

During my time on Arqade, I sometimes take some time from my experience to visit the Suggested Edits review queue, and approve/reject the edits I see. I find myself rejecting a lot of edits that are ...
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Reconsider fixing the comment character counter so it doesn't count characters that are stripped

Compare these two images: My comments appear to be exactly the same as far as the text body goes. However the first image shows that I have 584 characters left to put in my comment, and yet refuses ...
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If a user name is long enough, we can comment anything to that user [duplicate]

There is a minimum amount of characters one can comment in each comment. That is obviously to discourage short unnecessary conversational remarks. But if a user name is long enough, we can comment ...
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The 6 character edit threshhold and replacing links

Say you come across an old post and linked in it is this URL: https://docs.python.org/2.7/library/shelve.html Updating the URL changes only three characters and doesn't surpass the edit threshold: ...
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Posts and comments minimum length validation being bypassed by the U+2800 Unicode character "⠀" [duplicate]

Posts’ and comments’ minimum length validations are being bypassed by the U+2800 BRAILLE PATTERN BLANK Unicode character "⠀". It counts as an "Other Symbol", not as whitespace or a control character. ...
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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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Should we change the phrasing of the "under 6 characters minimum" message to prevent confusion and duplicate questions

When making a small edit (say to code or hyperlinks) to fix something that's testably broken, you may get the error message forcing you to leave provably broken code. Edits must be at least 6 ...
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Why is the character limit message trying to trick me?

I was writing an answer that exceeded the 30,000 character limit by a few hundred characters. I began trimming off characters until I got it to exactly 30,000 characters. But lo and behold, when I ...
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Allow "suggested edits" to be less than 10 characters [duplicate]

Right now, a user making a suggested edit to a Q or A, must make at least 10 chars change, as there is a filter to that effect which seems to be active on all subsites. The problem is that quite ...
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Privilege for question/answer character limit?

Does it make sense to lower the character limit on questions/answers for new users and increase it after a reputation threshold of, say, 2K? Surely new users are more likely to try posting a logfile ...
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Tag length increase from 25 to 35 characters was not actually done here on MSE

The tag character limit was supposedly increased from 25 to 35 characters "on all sites". However, here on MSE, the tag length increase was not actually implemented. As would be expected, you get an ...
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Can we change the minimum character restrictions on edit suggestions on the math sites?

I think that we should do away with character limits on edits to Math Stack Exchange and MathOverflow. My main reason is that, in a mathematical post, a one-character error can cost a reader a ...
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"Comments must be at least 15 characters in length" error, even if comment has 15 symbols [duplicate]

You can see gray text "585 characters left" ('cause looks like the comment has 15 symbols). But if you try to send it, you will get error. It's because of the space symbol in the begging. So, here is ...
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Inner spaces not detected on the client side

Need of moderator intervention flag requires at least 10 characters to enter for describing a problem. Before you do it Flag button is disabled. But if you enter something with inner spaces, e.g. + ...
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Can I find the length of a post post-rendering? [duplicate]

I can find the length of the post's HTML-converted source (len(Posts.body)) in data.SE. Is there a way — short of copy/pasting from actual SE page — to find out the textual length of the ...
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Remove minimum text length limit

Please remove the minimum text length limit. It is very annoying! Not once I just hadn't what to say more but I was forced to. At least to higher reputations.
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How to prevent inline link URL from counting towards comment length limit? [duplicate]

Is there a way to prevent an inline link URL (the one in parentheses) from counting towards the comment's length limit? How? If not, please implement this. Is there another input technique to make ...
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"Your edit must be at least X characters" is problematic at Code Golf [duplicate]

Many times when I try to edit an answer with things like "Improved formatting" I am prohibited from doing so due to the "Your edit must be at least X characters" prompt. I understand why a rule like ...
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Can we stop counting link text in comment word-counts? [duplicate]

I have recently posted a comment which linked to a Google Ngrams search of some word uses. [Ngrams](https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=caught+flu%2Ccaught+the+flu%2Ccaught+measles%2Ccaught+...
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Can the character limit error boxes tell us how many characters we are over the limit? [duplicate]

I was editting a complex problem after discovering more details, and I added some details to the title. Turns out my title was too long: Fair enough, 150 characters is a reasonable limit. But I had ...
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Short comments delimited with spaces appear to be above the character minimum [duplicate]

Notice that the gray text says that the comment is long enough, but the dialog prevents you from submitting.
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Omit comment replies from the minimum character limit check

Comments must be at least 15 characters long, which is supposed to make comments like "..." impossible to submit. This works fine, however, there is a way around this, by using comment ...
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Edit tag wiki except character count is incorrect and leads to inconsistent error message

When editing a tag except, the displayed "characters left" disagrees with the character count used by the error message: As you can see from the screen shot, the "characters left" indicates that the ...
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Show a friendly error message when chat room tags exceed the maximum length

We can add "tags" to chat room we own: That is a nice feature, however after some trial and error, I noticed that the length is limited. For example on MSE it appears to be 180 characters (...
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Character count varies between on-the-fly and submission feedback

I ran across the 30,000 character limit in this answer, and while working to pare my 42,000+ characters down, I found the "on-the-fly" character limit pop-up quite helpful. However, that pop-up did ...
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How to avoid the 6 character minimum edit limit? [duplicate]

I recently found a piece of PHP code on Stack Overflow that was missing a semicolon. This would cause a syntax error, which in turn would cause a "500 internal error", and could be very confusing to ...
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Please warn me when my edit to a comment via flag is too long

When editing a comment from a comment flag on a site where I am a mod, I exchanged a rude word for a polite word. Apparently that pushed the comment over the character limit. The edit went through and ...
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Don't warn about 15 character minimum for titles until body content added

If I type a small amount of text into a title, then switch browser tabs, and then come back to the question, I get a warning about the 15 character minimum. I'm using Google Chrome and OS X. Can we ...
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Username was trimmed after 24 characters without space in all posts but fully visible in Profile Page [duplicate]

I saw one user's name(Sudharsanam Muthukrishnan) is not fully visible as the last two characters ('an') were trimmed in a question and the first 24 characters without space is only visible but when I ...
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Discourage URL shorteners in comments: don't add link's href size to the total comment size

If a comment has [short title](http://lo-o-ong.example.com/url) link, then http://lo-o-ong.example.com/url is counted towards the total comment length limit. The answer to the same issue (to ignore ...
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