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If you ate all the whitespace and punctuation and uppercase'd it as part of your password input routine, it wouldn't be all that much worse than existing shorter passwords yet make life a lot easier for valid users.

Another interesting strategy, not discussed so far, is everyone in almost all lives and professions has some pool of weird technical names that can be concatenated together for a password. I'm partial to "unpopular yet cool integrated circuit ID codes of the 80s". I thought I invented that idea and was introduced to an old programmer using concatenated library calls from multiple languages (so his passwords were concatenations like a java soundex algo library call followed by some obscure fortran matrix manipulation) My mom knows the long legal names of some obscure real estate cases / judgments / citations / forms.

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