I tried posting a comment @Greg Cain: Great!!!!! which is about 22 character long, while trying posting it says

Comments must be at least 15 characters in length.

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Please indicate me if i am doing any thing wrong.

Edit: It's not accepting "@Greg Cain: Greater!!!!!" even, which include 15 alphabets.

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It's not considering the @-reference as part of the comment. Not to mention that after clicking submit, the @-reference to Greg's username is going to be stripped out. Since you're commenting on his answer, explicitly referencing the OP is unnecessary as they will be notified of a new comment on their answer.

While the gesture of thanking the user in words is appreciated, voting has a more tangible effect. Give the up-vote a click and/or accept his answer, and call it done.

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    Thanks for the kind response, and I always do what you suggested in second paragraph, but i think this would be really guiding for new users. Thanks again.
    – rptwsthi
    May 2, 2013 at 10:42
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    @rptwsthi Was the voting help text useful in alerting you to the fact that we like people to vote for things they feel is great? Perhaps it's more of a problem with explaining votes than it is tying to prevent trivial comments in terms of length.
    – bmike Mod
    May 6, 2013 at 21:26
  • @bmike Sorry, i don't wanna sound dumb, but this was complicated english to understand.
    – rptwsthi
    May 7, 2013 at 4:15
  • Good answer. Marked status-bydesign Jul 25, 2013 at 22:33

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