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Thunderforge makes a compelling argument that the tag length limit should be longer than 25 characters. Tim and animuson are quite right that shorter tags are generally better; regardless, supporting arbitrarily long tag names is out of the question for the foreseeable future - there are too many things that would break, that people would intentionally ...


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I disagree with the premise that small edits are a bother to the reviewers. I only recently hit the threshold (for having edits applied directly and for reviewing others) and I think the smaller the edit is, the easier it is to approve. If I see a small typo being fixed, code formatted, or a sentence properly capitalized, I can see right away what it is and ...


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I'm partially replicating and expanding on my 2015-06-24 bounty remarks here because you can't find bounty remarks anywhere once the bounty expires and I don't want my very good justification for why this change needs to be made to vanish. So: Some anime have really long names. And most of the tags on Anime.SE are names of anime, so we would like to be able ...


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The maximum length of a post, question or answer, on Stack Overflow is 30,000 characters. This includes markdown and any other formatting. The limit on the question title is 150 characters. I don't believe there are any upper limits on the number of links and images. I challenge you to make a post so heavy on links and images that we're tempted to add some. ...


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It is incorrect for a 6 character limitation to be imposed. When you edit at top of the page there is: We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary. So what to do when absolutely necessary? That limitation needs to be removed and normal approval process take place or ...


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Further evidence that the 25 character limit is a problem on multiple sites The current bounty for this question says: The official staff answer is that there is one case where this is unnecessary, but it has been repeatedly pointed out that there are many cases where this is necessary. To add evidence to there being many cases where this is necessary, ...


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I can see the value of longer tag names in some contexts as noted by Giles. So there are a number of courses of action possible: No change: simple, but does not really fix natural-language-processing. Increase to 27 chars: fixes one specific problem, but both makes it more difficult for SO and does not help SFF if someone were to want to tag questions about ...


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While I'd support longer tags when moderator-approved, at the very minimum I'd like to see an error message when searching for a tag that is too long. As an example, here's one that tripped me up for quite a while. If I search for datacontractjsonserializer on stackoverflow, I get results stating 0 questions tagged: However, in reality there are 119 ...


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The limit is stupid. Sometimes there are simple typos, easy to fix - but only one character. Post would improve. And nobody can tell me reviewers are overloaded because of this, because in SE-sites I can access the review-queue I have to submit much much less time with approving simple edits like fixing typos than with complicated edits. A fixed typo is easy ...


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A more workable limit would be a limit on consecutive non-hyphenated alphanumerics. That way something like uimodelviewcontroller would for good reason be forbidden, but ui-model-view-controller would be allowed. Advantages to this approach include: They become much, much, much easier to read. It’s finally clear where word-breaks should be inserted, if ...


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Actually, we already do validate the length server side, using very similar logic to client side. There is, however, one specific special case that you are hitting here where longer single-line messages are sometimes permitted. I'm not overly concerned about abusing this as an exploit, but I'll tidy it up a little to avoid some of the more obvious problem ...


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Such measures are pointless. Someone finding obscure Unicode characters to bypass filters won't be stopped by banning of any specific character. Even if you ban every non-ASCII character, there's good old underscore. Serves same purpose, just isn't as pretty. Unicode is constantly updated. It's incredibly tedious to keep up with it. Hint: there're already ...


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While this is certainly a terrible edit that at best is a passive-aggressive (and therefore wasted) attempt to show other users the error of their ways... I think putting in an actual block for the exact phrase "Body must be at least 30 characters" is rather silly. What next? Blocking "please make your answer longer"? Or any other possible way to say the ...


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If the main concern of allowing tag length of over 25 characters is "how will 5 tags fit nicely": Increase limit to 50 characters If one exceeds 25 characters, limit tag count to 4 If two exceeds 25 characters, limit tag count to 3 That is, you can only have 2 super-long tags.


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While I agree the character limit should be increased (a bit; we don't want walls of text there), please note that you can shorten the URLs, e.g. https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/356382/how-to-be-precise-without-explaining-anything can be shortened to https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/356382 or even shorter: https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/...


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As was already answered, the limit on titles is 150 characters. We just released a new feature network-wide (including Stack Overflow for Teams) where users will be shown a character count starting when the Title hits 100 characters (this was originally requested by the Mathematics meta community in 2012…err…6-8 weeks ago). The count will appear above the ...


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The title character limit is now displayed when writing a title once the question is longer than 99 characters:


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Some questions need to be long in order to fully explain the issue. It is hard to imagine a hard limit that would work for all Stack Exchange sites (or even within a site). For example - if a question on Stack Overflow requires a code listing, an explanation of what it does, what the OP tried and hasn't worked, sample inputs, outputs and stack traces? If a ...


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Allowing edits of less than 6 characters in code blocks might not be a bad idea for answers, but it may be problematic for questions. Don't take me the wrong way, I'm not a big fan of the 6 character rule, as I've seen editors do some strange and irritating things to meet the requirement, (I saw someone edit in the word "link" after a link, just so they ...


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I am asking why it is 15 (and not 14, or 16, etc)? Perhaps because 15 is the magic constant of the unique order-3 normal magic square. Seems like a good enough reason! Moreover it is a: triangular number hexagonal number pentalope number


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There are a lot of ways you can use MathJax to circumvent the limit, blocking them all is likely not worth the effort, it it is at all possible. The proper way to deal with this issue is to convince the community that these workarounds are annoying, and start flagging them. I doubt you will succeed on Math.SE with this, but you can certainly try.


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No. Every time I wanted to post "No" as an answer, I realised there was more to say. Even here, where no would be a short, succinct answer - I'm sure you want to know why I said no. There's always more to say. Add examples to posts. Post meaningful comments that's more than +1. The limits are there to keep out trivial posts, and work well for keeping the ...


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The perceived benefit of this is good; it would prevent new users from posting novels while relaxing restrictions as users earn trust. The idea coincides well with how other privileges and relaxed restrictions currently work. However, it's an implementation nightmare if you consider that anyone can edit. While edits that near character limits would ...


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Well, we want folks to make substantial edits until they get the reputation to do so. I got confused the first time I made a minor edit, soon after I had gotten the reputation. I totally feel your pain when you talk about minor spelling and grammar edits. I've been bothered enough to drop into a chatroom to see if someone would fix it, though more typically ...


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I have used the   trick a few times, but I find myself adding the backticks: ` for code formatting around missed inline formats. By highlighting these it only takes a few of them to help with the char count, but it also emphasizes often missed inline code examples. NOTE: This is not a hack... Rather, this is a way to add to char count by observing ...


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This may be bending the rules, but here's a little trick I've found. You can edit the misspelled word, then add an empty HTML comment tag afterwards. For example: The sum of it's effects could be changed to: The sum of its <!-- --> effects which displays as: The sum of its effects It gets the job done for an edit of only one character. Then when ...


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Is there is already such restriction? Yes there is already a limit of character length on posts. The maximum length of any post (either question or answer) is 30,000 in Stack Overflow.


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One of the most nonsense things that come with the limit is when you reply to someone. If someone points out a problem in my answer, if they have a long name a comment like: @IHaveAReallyLongName fixed Is a legitimate comment, but on the other end: @short fixed is not legitimate. It makes no sense that who i'm replying to should require shorter or longer ...


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I'm going to agree with Jeff here. Perhaps a little explanation would show why allowing trivial edits is a bad idea. Currently, approved edits are rewarded with rep. Allowing 1-character edits will result in every spelling mistake being fixed separately, since you earn more rep that way. This will fill up the review queue and give undue privileges to people ...


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