I was surprised to see more lines than usual allocated to this question. How does that happen?

  • $\begingroup$ My guess is that it is the number of characters, and not number of lines that makes the difference. $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2012 at 17:06
  • $\begingroup$ Are you talking about $f(10)=\{0,2,4,6,8,10\}$ being put on a line by itself? I am not sure what you mean by "allocated lines". $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Nov 9, 2012 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ To see better what the OP means, you can look here (at least until the questions is pushed from the front page in that tag). $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2012 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ I see now, it goes by the count of characters. Is there a way of knowing how much of a question will be displayed before submitting it? If not, what is the number of characters that will show in the Questions tab? $\endgroup$
    – Maesumi
    Nov 9, 2012 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ Possibly related meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/6464/… Well, that's posting multiple questions as one and this one question was posted multiple times so it's not exactly the same thing. See meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/6540/… $\endgroup$
    – GeoffDS
    Nov 9, 2012 at 21:42

1 Answer 1


The question "summary" (displayed in line in some places, and in tooltips in others) is character count based, not line based.

This is by design.

  • $\begingroup$ Willie Wong mentioned a similar idea too. Do you know how many characters? This comment box counts my characters and lets me know how many I have left. But somehow the same feature is not available when posing a question. Not a big issue but I was wondering. I guess I just count the characters that got displayed (including the TeX command characters). $\endgroup$
    – Maesumi
    Nov 15, 2012 at 14:41

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