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. Commented May 1, 2012 at 8:13
  • 14
    @TheEstablishment Oops. What if I do? :)
    – MarioDS
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 8:14
  • 2
    Then you're in the minority.
    – slhck
    Commented May 1, 2012 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
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 8:44

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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.

  • 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..
    – MarioDS
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 9:17
  • @Mario the ID is per site. That query is for Stack Overflow so for that site "Yahoo" ID is actually 99456. Commented May 1, 2012 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
    Commented May 1, 2012 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.
    – MarioDS
    Commented May 1, 2012 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
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 11:23
  • Yes I've checked. I'm not logged in though, does that have anything to do with it?
    – MarioDS
    Commented May 1, 2012 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
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 13:58
  • @YahooAnswersenthusiast Thanks for pointing that out.
    – MarioDS
    Commented May 1, 2012 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
    Commented May 1, 2012 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.
    – MarioDS
    Commented May 1, 2012 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
    Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 10:51
  • @cptloop has a humble reputation of 485, but the SECOND greatest comment with 1083 upvotes!! stackoverflow.com/posts/comments/30146633
    – niCk cAMel
    Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 12:48

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