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When I browse to a specific answer and it has more than five comments, I would like the comments to become expanded automatically instead of having to click the "add/show [x] more comments" - after all, I'm browsing to this specific answer so naturally I would like to see all comments made on it.

For example: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4303668/how-to-access-a-div-inside-a-repeater-using-javascript/4304261#4304261

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+1, as that would also allow for direct links to comments... – Arjan Dec 6 '10 at 12:33
Nice, Nick is promising upcoming changes... – Arjan Sep 27 '11 at 16:20
Thanks, it's about time! :-) – Shadow Wizard Sep 27 '11 at 17:41

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The activity overview currently links to specific comments, for comments on answers. The scrolling relies on #comment-xx URL fragments, and fails if the comment is initially hidden, bringing one to the top of the page instead.

So, I could either file a bug report for the confusing links, or give this feature request some more attention. Bump! :-) (This has meanwhile been reported as a bug.)

Implementing auto-expanding will still make #comment-xx-links fail if a comment has been deleted, again bringing one to the top of the page rather than to the answer. To gracefully fall back to scrolling to the answer then, some client-side JavaScript-fu would be needed to first see if the comment still exists, and rewrite the fragment if not? If such script is ever considered:

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Thanks for the bump of confidence, as I don't see much activity here I would submit bug report regarding the inbox comments sending to the top of the page. :) – Shadow Wizard Apr 14 '11 at 12:32
But then, @Shadow, if the quick solution is to remove the URL fragments, browsing one's own activity when searching for something might become a bit more difficult. Hmmm, tough decision, not even knowing if a bug report would be fixed ;-) – Arjan Apr 14 '11 at 12:34
I would love to see all comments auto-expanded (or have a preference that would let me set it for my account.) The More link is a pale gray, and if the page is busy (i.e. there's another answer immediately below a list of comments for one answer) it's sometimes easy to miss that there IS a More link. – EmmyS May 20 '11 at 19:29

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