G2G Answers' Char Limit: Report the actual word count when error messages warn that a comment exceeds 8000 characters.

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G2G answers has a word count (including hidden markup, it seems) set at 8000 characters. When one attempts to submit a comment exceeding 8000 characters, the warning message comes up, stating that their comment exceeds 8000 characters. Is it possible to inform to the user of the actual word count of whatever they just attempted to submit? As it's counting hidden markup, it's impossible to determine how many characters are present when trying to edit a comment down. Presumably, whatever process is checking the comment length must actually be counting characters, so why not just report that I have 8342 characters, which exceeds the limit of 8000? It would make trying to edit much simpler.

in WikiTree Tech by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (140k points)

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Hi JN,

You're right. That is confusing that the system counts the hidden mark-up characters.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by anonymous
Thanks for commenting, Chris. It is confusing, and it's compounded by the fact that one doesn't know by how many characters or words their comment has exceeded the 8000-character limit: if the system is counting characters, it could at least inform the user, as part of the warning, the total length of their comment.

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