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I have yet to find a snippet or a solution to enforce a minimum comment length.

Most validation modules deal with fields.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Add a custom validator to form using hook_form_alter in your custom module.

function custom_mod_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id){
    case 'comment_form':
      $form['#validate'] = array_merge( $form['#validate'], array('custom_validator'));

Define the logic to restrict the length of comment length

function custom_validator($form, $form_state){
    if(strlen($form_state['values']['comment']) < 50)
       form_set_error('comment', t('No No....'));
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