If I leave a comment and someone liked it, is there a way to see it?

If not... why not? It's something that would be nice to know.

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    +10 rep for asking.
    – Sampson
    Sep 3, 2009 at 17:14
  • 5
    started a bounty because all the cool kids are doing it
    – marcgg
    Sep 15, 2009 at 22:14
  • Honestly I don't see the point. In my opinion, if you need this kind of thing, you're on the site too much. Sep 22, 2009 at 20:52
  • 2
    @Down with the Samp: Is that even possible?
    – mmyers
    May 24, 2010 at 18:01

7 Answers 7


There has been a lot of discussion in the past about wanting to be able to view comment history and recent activity like votes and such, but nothing has come about it yet (seems to be very popular, though).

I imagine that at some point in time the commenting system will grow in overall robustness. I just can't really say when that will happen. Maybe in 6 to 8 weeks.


Not without going back and actually looking. I suppose the team feels upvotes are pretty trivial when it comes to comments. Their triviality is the reason why you can't edit comments, or downvote them. They're a dime a dozen, and they don't earn you any reputation either.

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    In some cases I leave a comment adding something to the answer someone's left, and it can be nice to know if people agree with me without having to start the question and come back later.
    – marcgg
    Sep 3, 2009 at 17:16
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    Yeah; I agree. It would be nice, but the team doesn't appear to be interested in updating the commenting-system. In all honesty, while I like the ideas, I can understand that they probably have heavier tasks to deal with.
    – Sampson
    Sep 3, 2009 at 17:18
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    don't follow-on comments show up in your 'responses' ?
    – warren
    Sep 19, 2009 at 4:22
  • @warren: this comment will notify you, in your recent activity area (the envelope)... :-)
    – studiohack
    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:43
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    @studiohack - yes, if you "@" someone it shows up .. but not otherwise
    – warren
    Sep 14, 2010 at 13:34

It's not real time, but you could query the data dump to see the comments you've left along with their score at the time of the snapshot of the database.

Use something like this:

SELECT score, 
  concat('<a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/', PostId, '">',text, 
  '</a>') as comment
FROM comments 
WHERE userid='90691' 

You can also use it to work out how close you are/were to getting a Pundit badge.

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    +1 Nice — while I agree with what Jonathan said about the understandability of SO team keeping the commenting system relatively simple, etc, it's still interesting to see if I'm getting close to that badge (no) =)
    – Jonik
    Sep 16, 2009 at 5:25
  • That makes sense so +1. It's a bit violent thought :)
    – marcgg
    Sep 16, 2009 at 15:37
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    +1 - can't believe I didn't think to try this...
    – John Rasch
    Sep 17, 2009 at 3:11
  • The links are broken...
    – user215114
    Jul 9, 2013 at 20:26

I agree - I find it odd that you can't easily find this information when the ultra-rare Pundit badge exists to specifically encourage excellent comments. It doesn't seem unreasonable to want to know whether even one of your comments, lost somewhere on the site, has achieved a rating of 10... (although I don't think I've ever got above a 2 for a comment, so no danger there for me personally - but then, there's no way for me to actually know that ;).

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    There are badges for editing as well, but no way of viewing how many edits are made. I suspect it's a matter of wanting to encourage the practice (editing, commenting) in general, but not as a game.
    – Shog9
    Sep 3, 2009 at 20:59

I agree. Although watching the votes is more like an ego issue, knowing there has been activity on a thread that you posted in can be relevant. I wrote a mini-app to watch these things. It's not pretty, but it works (for me, anyway).


Expanding on random's hint to use the data dumps, here's some stored queries to see how close you are to a Pundit badge:

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    dead links, please change.
    – markus
    Nov 2, 2010 at 6:45
  • Links replaced. Mar 19, 2013 at 21:18

New version:

Using API 2.2:


Old version:

Here's an API link (using version 1.1, I know):


It shows you all of your comments, most upvoted at the top. Add &min=5 to specify a minimum number of upvotes.

For anyone else wanting to use this, replace 90691 with your user ID on Main.

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