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I want to comment the language of a code snippet found on The Programming Language Quiz, but I can't, because I don't have enough reputation. I've tried it in the programming language that I think it is, and it has worked.

Isn't the 50 reputation minimum unfair?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, in this case the limit is a bit annoying. If you'd like, I can post the comment for you and credit you so the poster is aware you cracked it. Alternatively, you could probably try to talk to them in The Nineteenth Byte. \$\endgroup\$ – Kade Aug 26 '15 at 15:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ The answer has been suggested. Thanks though, @Vioz-! \$\endgroup\$ – georgeunix Aug 26 '15 at 15:34
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In short: yes, I think it is unfair.

However, this is a quirk for this specific puzzle, due to answers being in comment form. The fifty reputation limit is network wide, and not something easily changeable (especially for a single post).

In the future, I'd like to see an alternative to comment-answers, but I'm not sure exactly what form that would take right now.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Of course, that alternative solution already exists: post a separate thread for the robbers as we've done several times in the past. In this case, I decided against doing that because I figured most answers would not consist of any more than a (potentially guessed) language name, so the robbers' contributions wouldn't be interesting enough for full answers. However, I didn't consider the side effect of introducing a 50-rep barrier for robbers, which is indeed a bit unfortunate. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Aug 26 '15 at 21:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner I thought about mentioning that, but I agree that it would have been overkill for this challenge in particular. It's awkward as it is on most CnRs, so I'm hoping for a better alternative to emerge. \$\endgroup\$ – Geobits Aug 27 '15 at 13:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Geobits Apart from maybe something in chat, I can't see an alternative to comments and/or answers. \$\endgroup\$ – Beta Decay Aug 28 '15 at 9:11

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