Sometimes I see comments mentioning edits to questions and I confirm that the poster's reputation is under 2000 before proceeding to make the edit (since I don't want to accidentally clobber his edits if possible). Also sometimes a user will ask a question about SO itself as a comment and in order to answer him properly I need to know what his reputation is so I can tell him what his options are.

I'm wondering if anyone else would see any use for having a tooltip for the usernames in comments. Mouse over a user, and it would pop up at least the reputation number of that user, if not his entire flair box.

It would save me a click every now and then. I might be the only one, though.

It would also be useful for Community Wiki questions and answers, as they don't list reputation like normal questions and answers do.

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    I can't tell! There's no tooltip and my arthritis is keeping me from clicking your username!
    – Welbog
    Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 12:57
  • i cant up vote it cuz i'm new, but i like the idea.
    – Good Time Tribe
    Commented Sep 24, 2009 at 23:10
  • Well now this is implemented, but it's just a raw number. How long until the Meta questions start coming in "what is this number in the tooltip over usernames in comments??"
    – Kip
    Commented Dec 17, 2009 at 15:23
  • @Kip: Don't say things like that. You make me so sad.
    – Welbog
    Commented Dec 17, 2009 at 16:33
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    fyi: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/33307/…
    – Kip
    Commented Dec 18, 2009 at 3:17

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Jeff loves jQuery. jQuery tooltip could do this easily. I'd like to see it too.

  • The only reason I wouldn't like it is because the tooltip might cover up other comments if you hovered over it accidentally. But, you could always move it :) Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 14:41
  • @Chacha102: You'd want to have a short delay on it, obviously.
    – Welbog
    Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 15:24

There's a greasemonkey script to do this...

Greasemonkey script to load user-rep within comments

  • Why am I not surprised. ;) Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 15:32
  • Oh, I dunno. Hey! You have 1,815 points, and 14 metals :)
    – Sampson
    Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 15:37
  • There's a script for that... Commented Oct 22, 2009 at 21:04

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