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In my answer here while trying to edit, parts of the post kept repeating endlessly so that at some point it reached the limit of 30000 characters!

The repeats are visible in the history

Again this happened in a comment which quickly reached over 2000 characters

I guess there's some infinite loop somewhere...

Does someone have a clue?

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  • Is this not fixed in the latest revision?
    – JJJ Mod
    Aug 24, 2022 at 16:56
  • @JJJ Are you asking about the specific question? Then yes. But I am asking about the general arbitrarily repeating behavior
    – user44167
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:01
  • Okay, so how does it happen? When you start editing the question, it adds in more text than you're trying to put in?
    – JJJ Mod
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:03
  • @JJJ Seems so... I dont see it appearing. But I see odd lengths at times (like suddenly "YOur comment is 2000 characters too long") and the results. Totally garbled
    – user44167
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:06
  • Of course if it was happening all the time I would not be able to type even this!!!
    – user44167
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:07
  • @JJJ re the added tag "specific-answer". Note this happened in an unrelated comment on a different question
    – user44167
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:30
  • Okay I added some tags, can you try to replicate it in a comment here under this question? Maybe by editing a new comment?
    – JJJ Mod
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:36
  • @JJJ Well I've been doing that as you see and the problem is not repeating (here). What triggers I dont know
    – user44167
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:40
  • Okay, can you say which comment it happened on? Did it happen only when you tried to edit the comment or did it happen on the initial version?
    – JJJ Mod
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:41
  • @JJJ I guess it was here politics.stackexchange.com/questions/74908/…
    – user44167
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:43
  • Okay, I don't t see something weird in the revisions there. Are you sure it's not something on your end that added more text into the box causing the character limit to increase? Maybe some text was pasted more than once?
    – JJJ Mod
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:47
  • @JJJ its unlikely you'll see those posts because I was getting "comment is 2000-something characters too long" already. So its likely it does not go any further than my browser/control. In the same way you wont see the 30,000+ char version of the answer. Maybe this is better moved to (centralized) meta?
    – user44167
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:51
  • And when you expand the text box, does it show that more text is added than you intended? Is it just the same text that you were typing or copy pasting or is it sometimes text you don't recognize? It seems kind of weird to me, though if it's only happening in your browser, and seeing that there don't seem to be other user experiencing the same problem, I'm fairly sure it's something going wrong on your end.
    – JJJ Mod
    Aug 24, 2022 at 17:53

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