# Do we need a limit on the length of comments?

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I just noticed that the lengths of comments is limited. I had written a longish comment and had to break it over three consecutive comments to deal with the length limit. Of course now that I know about the length limit, I will avoid writing long comments in the future. But is there a reason for the length limit? Is it desirable? Is it something that is within our control or is it a restriction that is hardcoded into StackExchange?

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This is certainly not something that any of us can change, and must be done by the SE people if it is to be done at all. That said, I suspect they wouldn't want to change it for various different reasons: uniformity across the network, philosophical beliefs about the role of comments, etc.

To be honest, I think I agree with their limit. It's enough to allow for substantial comments, but not too much. I occasionally go way past the limit too, and have to break comments up over a couple of posts, but my feeling is that they would rather this not happen too often, to discourage extended discussion.

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To quote from the community faq:

Comments are intentionally short with a maximum of 600 characters [...]

## When should comments be used?

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Comments should not be used when creating an answer to a question. In that case it is best to submit an answer, or vote up the best answer if you already see it listed.

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