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I'd like to suggest that the expanded comment block be scrollable. Keep the existing "top 5 or so" / expand functionality, but when the comment block is expanded, make the comment section scrollable.

It'd also be prime if that scrollable section had a user-adjustable size similar to what's seen on the "original answer" section of the question edit page (see image below).

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"That thing" does not have any scrollbars in my Safari, and that actually renders it quite useless to me (but: holding down Command while clicking the back button is a good enough workaround for me if I need the question text). So, you want the expandable part of "that thing", but with scrollbars, right? (I actually prefer the no-scrollbar full expanded comments, just like it is right now, so I don't know why I even wonder what you want exactly.) – Arjan Jun 5 '10 at 19:51
No, "that thing" doesn't have scrollbars; yes, I want "that thing", with scrollbars, on the comments section. – Randolpho Jun 6 '10 at 16:03
-1, not enough freehand circles! – badp Jun 12 '10 at 9:44

It sounds a bit self-contradicting to me.

the only reason I click the "show more comments" button is when I'm interested in reading all the comments, so forcing me to interact with a scrollbar (or something like it) to see them, even after I've clicked a special button, is precisely what I don't want.

In addition, maybe it's just me, but I have yet to seen a single post where the expanded comment block took more space than I would have accepted. Of course, what I accept and what others accept may be different, but we do need to take into account the severe limitation on comment length, which largely prevents insanely-large comment blocks.

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