Why do websites force us to use passwords of a specific length?

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What is the reason that websites have very specific directives about the type of password and it's length that you can enter (8 characters with 2 being numbers, etc.).
Are there technical reasons why its this way other than to stop stupid people from entering passwords that are easy to crack?  

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  • TomLiotta

    Are there technical reasons why its this way other than to stop stupid people from entering passwords that are easy to crack?

    'Technical' reasons other than that? No.

    Tom

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  • carlosdl
    It seems to me that the answer is included in the question.
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