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The problem of sub 50 rep users being unable to comment is well documented

Many sub 50 rep users have complained about the problem of not being able to comment under the limit. I am one of them. A small sample of these complaints can be found here, here, and here.

The rationale for the 50 rep limit is good: reduce spam

As evidenced by many of the answers to those questions, the problem that this limit is trying to solve is that of spam.

The justification is simple: we don't want the site to be flooded by comments from passers-by. ЯegDwight

The canonical answer to this question is found [here](https://meta.stackexc

cnrmck /
Created Jun 18, 2018
An unsolicited solution to How to Lose an IT Job in 10 Minutes
def distinct_value(word):
add up the hash value of each letter of the given word to create a unique id
for that entry
# make word lower-case
word = word.lower()
hash_val = 0
for letter in word:
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