I'm not sure if we have control over this setting, but what are your thoughts on removing the 'characters remaining' limit when editing questions and answers?

Sometimes when browsing the SE, I see code snippets that have trailing characters:

{% set lorem = ipsum %}'

It would be great to just be able to go in and remove that extra character, but I can't hit save until I have changed a minimum number of characters.

  • And here I thought I was the only one ever annoyed by this. But I'll admit I love minor edits, because I get annoyed by spelling, capitalization, or punctuation problems.
    – Matt Stein Mod
    Oct 29 '14 at 20:15
  • @MattStein Nope, you're not the only one!
    – Jamie Wade
    Oct 31 '14 at 10:02
  • Hey, I was able to remove that character as my only edit to your post. Not sure if that's because of my +2k reputation or because of this being the meta site?!
    – carlcs
    Nov 6 '14 at 15:49
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    @carl It is because you have full editing priveleges, which you got after reaching 1k. 6 (min number) chars is required only for suggested edits.
    – nicael
    Nov 9 '14 at 14:12

Sorry, we don't have control over that. It's a standard Stack Exchange "feature", and applies equally to every SE site and SO.

There's some debate over the value of it, though it's unlikely to change anytime soon. I was reading a Meta thread about it the other day...


  • I was worried that might be the case, thanks for the clarification Lindsey.
    – Jamie Wade
    Oct 29 '14 at 15:10

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