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I'm a little surprised no one asked this yet, but why isn't it possible to show your comments in descending order of "great comment" votes it has received? You can do this with upvotes on questions and answers, and since I think comments are the third major activity on SO, I'd like to view them. Even if you couldn't order them, it should at least show the number of votes on the activity#comments page of your profile...

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Because no one cares about comments. –  Cody Gray May 1 '12 at 8:13
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@TheEstablishment Oops. What if I do? :) –  MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 8:14
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Then you're in the minority. –  slhck May 1 '12 at 8:17
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I think comments are the third major activity on SO Argh... (how's that for a "major" activity ;) –  Yannis May 1 '12 at 8:44

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

SEDE queries that you might find interesting:

Going through the first query, you'll soon understand why no one really cares about comments, they are pure noise. And let's not forget that comments are ephemeral... I know of at least one moderator who absolutely hates them and misses no opportunity to delete them.


Here's my most popular comments:

Votes  Site         Comment

31     ProgSE       `Am I a tad too OCD?` Yes. But so am I, so +1 for asking this...
15     ProgSE Meta  Flogging a dead horse is fine. Disguising it as a farewell post is tactless, at best.   
41     SO           6. Fight depression  
18     MSO          Wonder what's the current price for ♦ accounts...

There's nothing wrong with these comments, but none of them is particularly useful and I have no idea why people up voted them. No real value in having them displayed prominently on my profile(s), the SEDE queries are good enough if the only thing you are looking for is to satisfy your curiosity.

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I didn't know that site existed... thanks. –  MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 8:46
    
I think I'm mistaken about what my userID is... If I run the query with 162704 which I thought would be yours, it returns nothing.. –  MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 9:17
    
@Mario the ID is per site. That query is for Stack Overflow so for that site "Yahoo" ID is actually 99456. –  Shadow Wizard May 1 '12 at 9:36
    
@Mario You can find the user ID by visiting the site profile, it's the number on the url. For Stack Overflow yours is 1313143 and mine 99456, and for Meta it's 183189 (you) and 162704 (me). –  Yannis May 1 '12 at 9:44
    
@YahooAnswersenthusiast Okay, then i was right about it. How come the query doesn't return any results? I just enter the number, nothing more than that, in the input field. –  MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 10:53
    
@MarioDeSchaepmeester Hm? Are you sure you are using SEDE for the correct site? Perhaps you are using my MSO user ID on SO data or vice versa? –  Yannis May 1 '12 at 11:23
    
Yes I've checked. I'm not logged in though, does that have anything to do with it? –  MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 11:35
    
@MarioDeSchaepmeester Oops! You are very new ;) SEDE's data are updated monthly (roughly) and the last update was on March 14 (check the SEDE frontpage), so you get no results because according to SEDE you don't exist (yet). We don't know when the next update will be, it's already late. –  Yannis May 1 '12 at 13:58
    
@YahooAnswersenthusiast Thanks for pointing that out. –  MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 14:26
    
@MarioDeSchaepmeester That is a mystery to me... It could be that you'll need to log in, but honestly I don't know. If it's not that, try asking around on the Tavern, there are people there that are far more experienced with SEDE than I am. –  Yannis May 1 '12 at 14:29
    
@YahooAnswersenthusiast Never mind, my first attempt with your ID was indeed with your MSO ID instead of your normal SO one :) my fault. –  MDeSchaepmeester May 1 '12 at 14:30
    
+1 @Yannis Rizos nice thanks i didnt know about data explorer ! but why is my id not found ! UPDATE : oops i think i found it –  shareef Jun 2 '12 at 10:51

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