This is a very minor bug I know, but in anyone's profile page, on the Activity or Responses tab, text highlighting is messed up for the Comment and All subcategories. This only seems to happen only in Chrome. I am on Version 31.0.1650.63 (Win 7). It is visibly worse on multiple lines of text.

Weird highlighting

Steps to repro:

  1. Go to any profile on any Stack Exchange site, and click on Activity tab.
  2. Go to All or Comment subcategories.
  3. Highlight text.

As a side effect, you can even temporarily dismember the head of all those poor characters. To do this, start from any line, drag mouse left or right, drag up and then back down.

Side effect

I've bumped into bugs before that turned out to be Chrome problems, so maybe this is just Chrome doing its magic.

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    This is due to the padding-bottom: 10px on .comments. Not entirely sure why Chrome is using that to determine the highlight dimensions, but it doesn't look like just changing the CSS to work around it would hurt either.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 18:01
  • Probably this bug (the test case there just works in the opposite direction, causing the selection area to shrink instead of expand).
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 18:08
  • Yeah that looks like the same issue, their test case works fine in FF too.
    – gitsitgo
    Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 18:23

1 Answer 1


Looks like the comments class is used in two places: in the normal question view, it's applied to a <div> surrounding all the comments on a post, while in the profile activity / responses view it's applied to a <span> surrounding each individual comment.

Given that top/bottom padding on inline elements like <span> has no (normally) visible effect, adding a CSS rule like:

span.comments { padding-bottom: 0 }

ought to be a safe and easy way to work around this bug.

(Ps. This fix is now included in SOUP v1.14.)

  • Great, never heard/seen SOUP before, I'll give it a try sometime.
    – gitsitgo
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 13:43

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