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See the accepted answer on this question: Give user-creation privileges to a user

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?

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  • 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.") Feb 18 '13 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
    Feb 21 '13 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
    Feb 12 '13 at 15:19
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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 :/ Feb 11 '13 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. Feb 11 '13 at 4:47
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    <!--- HTML Comments also work very well in answers. I'm Just Sayin' --->
    – voretaq7
    Feb 11 '13 at 16:20
  • Hmmm... that's a whole lot easier to remember than Unicode. Feb 12 '13 at 1:21
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    @voretaq7 - I didn't think HTML comments were counted in edits any more? Feb 12 '13 at 2:24
  • @MarkHenderson they might not be - they do still work on answers though last I checked
    – voretaq7
    Feb 12 '13 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
    Feb 12 '13 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. Feb 12 '13 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). Feb 12 '13 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. Feb 12 '13 at 23:15
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    This discussion is hilarious.
    – David W
    Feb 13 '13 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
    Feb 17 '13 at 20:29

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