On several of the betas, I've run into the "Edits must be at least 6 non-space characters" rule. Five characters or less can make a big difference, especially in technical questions on a short word or phrase. What should be done in cases where a significant edit should be made, but it is under the character minimum?

  • I hate the 6-character rule, too... everywhere. But the powers-that-be won't budge. And although I disagree with them, I understand and respect their reasons. The solution is to post a comment, and/or wait until you have enough rep to bypass the limit.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 16:03

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I always leave a comment to let the OP know and fix the mistakes. Once they have done so you can delete the comments that led to it.

During private beta when you get to 500 rep you don't have to worry about the 6 characters rule anymore.

And during public beta the required rep is 1000.

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    @Flimzy I tried to vote up your addition but I can't vote up my own post! (-: Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 16:30

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