Sorry Jeekins, I know its irritating but we have found it necessary to do that to stop the "flamers". Its way too easy to hit the boards and only type in one character than it is to type in 10.
And for what its worth, I run afoul of it regularly too. Drives me a bit batty, but I do see why it is necessary as I've been on "clean up" detail for a while now. Just hit the space bar a bunch and then drop in a period, works just fine.
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams