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Case in point: gist in C++ chat. It fills the whole screen. Or, as DeadMG puts it:

whoah, giant wall'o'text

I suggest reducing the max-height by half, i.e. 300px. That should be enough.

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+1 People should understand their code and only include the relevant parts, otherwise explain what their code does (which is usually just copying the comments if you're clean coding). I think this is by-design though, so you might want to turn it into a feature request instead where it is 300px by default and an expand link is available just like how the normal fixed font chat messages function... –  Tom Wijsman Apr 2 '12 at 11:17
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@Tom Bugs can be by design. As far as Iā€™m concerned this is a UI bug. –  Konrad Rudolph Apr 2 '12 at 11:39
    
I was referring more to [status-bydesign], perhaps it has been done with a reason... –  Tom Wijsman Apr 2 '12 at 11:53
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@TomWijsman this is the only type of onebox that takes up so much screen estate. Wikipedia, Twitter messages/profiles, SO questions, etc. all seem more reasonable, and the exception for the github onebox violates the principle of least surprise. –  sehe May 15 '12 at 15:59
    
the Amazon box is also pretty huge, but not quite as big as the gists –  Ben Brocka Aug 10 '12 at 15:21
    
Code you enter directly into the textbox is more limited than oneboxed gists. If anything, it should be the other way around. This is silly. –  Jeremy Banks Aug 10 '12 at 17:11
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