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Clicking on Add Comment used to focus on the comment area so one could start typing immediately instead of having to click in the textbox (unless I just imagined it)

Can we please reinstate that process (or create it if it never existed)?

I find myself clicking on Add Comment and typing for a couple seconds before realizing that the comment box was not focused and I was doing nothing...

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  • Not sure if that ever existed.
    – this
    Nov 25, 2013 at 14:30
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    Yes, this is extraordinarily annoying!
    – Clive
    Nov 25, 2013 at 14:30
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    @self. it most certainly did.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Nov 25, 2013 at 14:34
  • I thought so @AaronBertrand
    – qwertynl
    Nov 25, 2013 at 14:36
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    So that's why recently I lost half of my comment ;) I guess touch typing should mean I'm not looking on my keyboard, not "not looking in the direction of a computer at all". And there I was, surprised I haven't typed anything.
    – Mołot
    Nov 25, 2013 at 14:53
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    The advantage of Firefox's "search as you type" feature is that you do not lose your content, it only appears in the search pane instead of the comment box :) Nov 25, 2013 at 14:56
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    yep - this has annoyed me intensely. I had assumed I had b0rked something.
    – Rory Alsop
    Nov 25, 2013 at 15:43
  • Good chance it's by design. Sometimes the dev team decides what's best for us. Nov 25, 2013 at 16:00
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    @ShaWizDowArd - no more commenting for you.
    – Oded
    Nov 25, 2013 at 16:15
  • @Oded <sad face> well, I was still under the influence of this which was by-designed ruthlessly. :D Nov 25, 2013 at 16:28
  • @ShaWizDowArd - one correction due then... Jeremy is not a dev ;)
    – Oded
    Nov 25, 2013 at 16:33
  • @Oded well, the boss of the devs... ;) Nov 25, 2013 at 16:34

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In the effort to add the add comment link to low rep and anonymous users, I flipped a Boolean condition around, but forgot to make the change down the line to the call that focuses the textarea.

The textarea will gain its focus on display once we build out (should be rev 2013.11.25.1177 (.1680 Meta), but with current DB woes, is is not clear when that happens).

Apologies to all, in particular the most prolific commenters.

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  • DB woes? Did I miss something?
    – qwertynl
    Nov 25, 2013 at 16:28
  • @qwertynl yes, it's hot potato day ;) Nov 25, 2013 at 16:31
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    +1 Thanks @Oded, this became increasingly annoying as I got around to some real activity today.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Nov 25, 2013 at 17:02
  • Oh thank the heavens! And thank you. Nov 25, 2013 at 17:43
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    *ahem* testing *ahem* Nov 25, 2013 at 17:46
  • now you add comments for new users, huh? (after I painstakingly collected enough rep for commenting by old rules) Nov 25, 2013 at 20:56
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    @DavidBalažic - Actually, no. The link is there, but it will tell you that 50 rep is needed...
    – Oded
    Nov 25, 2013 at 20:58
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    @DavidBalažic it's just teasing. Nov 25, 2013 at 21:00
  • Has anybody complained that clicking the "add comment" link shoots you to the top of the current page?
    – user1228
    Nov 25, 2013 at 21:22
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    @Won't - Anonymous users? Yep. Fixed.
    – Oded
    Nov 25, 2013 at 21:24
  • Yay, fixed! :-) Nov 26, 2013 at 10:09
  • :| I assume it hasn't rolled out yet, then? Because it's still happening.
    – user1228
    Nov 26, 2013 at 14:25
  • @Won't - it has been rolled out. Can you describe the exact symptoms? Browser/OS? User type? Full/Mobile site?
    – Oded
    Nov 26, 2013 at 14:26
  • Chrome, latest, win7, latest. Repro'd just now. I clicked the comment link in my inbox and was brought here. I clicked the "add comment" link, at which point the browser scrolled all the way to the top instantly. At this point, I can either start typing, in which case the browser scrolls the comment box into view, or I can scroll manually to bring it back into view.
    – user1228
    Nov 26, 2013 at 14:29
  • @Won't - weird. Same setup, can't repro with your steps. Did you do a hard refresh/clear browser caches?
    – Oded
    Nov 26, 2013 at 14:33

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