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I always thought that a comment would be, in comparison to other kind of response, such as an answer, something brief. However, it doesn't seems like Wiktionary says anything about it. Am I mistaken?

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Brevity is the word you are looking for. – Eric Dec 2 '10 at 10:33
Thanks Eric, I fixed it. – Eldroß Dec 2 '10 at 10:38
BTW, it sounds odd to describe the brevity of a comment to be "induced," unless you mean someone was persuaded or influenced into shortening it. You may be looking for the word implied. – Robusto Dec 2 '10 at 11:57
Good point! On a side note, the difference between induce and imply may be a good theme for a question... – Eldroß Dec 2 '10 at 12:01

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The nature of a comment, when the meaning as "a remark expressing anopinion or reaction," is to be brief. That's why Stackexchange sites, for example, allow you a mere 600 characters to write one.

A commentary can be longer, even the length of a bible. Comment can carry the meaning of commentary, but that is an archaic usage.

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