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There's a small mistake (my fault): the .should be *.*. Changing that is only two characters. There's nothing else that warrants editing, yet that small mistake is easily important enough to fix.

Any way around this? Is this rule not a bit too harsh?

  • Whee, 22 votes. So, erm, any chance of getting this changed? Would a dialogue or a warning suffice? ("This short edit looks like an annoying nitpick. Please don't, unless it's important.") Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 23:58
  • It's also very often there is only a need to add format to questions (e.g. add preformatted text format). I tried edit a question today to make it easier to read, but decided to let it be because of this rule.
    – 244an
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 13:04

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Yes, it is too harsh. Not all valid edits require 6 characters. Same story with comments. Just have a look at how many times we've added something like "(stupid 15 character minimum)" to the end of our comments.

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    Yep, this is a useless rule and reminds me of "Your username must have at least X characters" No it doesn't!
    – gparent
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 15:19

Are you familar with Unicode?

Throw a few U+200B's onto the end of your answer. Voila, instant 1-character edit.

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    Yeah, excellent - an incentive to reduce the quality of answers :/ Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 2:16
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    Haha, well I theorise that most poor answerers probably dont understand Unicode. If you are smart enough to interpret the instructions above, then you have proven yourself worthy of wielding the power of bypassing the rules. Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 4:47
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    <!--- HTML Comments also work very well in answers. I'm Just Sayin' --->
    – voretaq7
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 16:20
  • Hmmm... that's a whole lot easier to remember than Unicode. Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 1:21
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    @voretaq7 - I didn't think HTML comments were counted in edits any more? Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 2:24
  • @MarkHenderson they might not be - they do still work on answers though last I checked
    – voretaq7
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 3:27
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    @SteveBennett Look, that's why there's rules, understand? So that you think before you break'em. - Lu-Tze, The Thief of Time.
    – the-wabbit
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 11:34
  • I suspect most non-unicode aware users end up padding a few dead spaces at the end of the message. I know I've seen "and padding spaces to get 6 chars" edit comments more than once. Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 20:38
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    @DanNeely - hmm, I was 99% sure that spacing at the end of comments also didn't count (as counts were taken after a trim). Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 22:46
  • @MarkHenderson maybe they closed that loophole at some point; I don't want to create a bogo edit on a real question just to test it. Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 23:15
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    This discussion is hilarious.
    – David W
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 3:08
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    I just want to point out that the second hit I get when I google for u+200b is superuser.com/questions/156640/how-can-i-type-u200b-character :)
    – user
    Commented Feb 17, 2013 at 20:29

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