# user names in comments should not count toward the total characters

I can understand that there is a minimum number of characters (to prevent spam)

but at the same time I sometimes want to include a deal of information into my comments, and end up short by a few characters, and it usually ends up being when responding directly to users that have longer names.

the system already understands to look up names when an "@" is entered into the comment box, so maybe having the system ignore the "@", and the characters that follow (unless it does not resolve to a user name)

this is a lot more feasible then another similar request that ignores all "" marks, but when I consider the abuse of that it just makes my head spin.

• I thought you only needed the first 3 characters (or enough to make it unique on the page) of a username for it to link/notify, so couldn't you just shorten the username in those instances where this is an issue? – Rick Aug 26 '19 at 16:02

• granted some times I can be long winded/verbose in my comments, but I also try to add detail/clarifications to my comments that might in some cases over the top, but in others given needed information on the given post` (question/answer) at hand. though when I see that my characters are almost up (within 100 or so) I do give a good read over the comment, and try to trim if I can. – gardian06 May 4 '12 at 6:55