Can we have a search term to discover comments by a particular user? I've tried a few permutations without success.

Something along the lines of:

user:me comment:1

Note, I'm aware that I can search old comments in comments.xml from the data dump.

  • You can find the newest ones on the user's "recent" page. But that's probably not enough for what you want.
    – balpha Staff
    Sep 16, 2009 at 16:16
  • @balpha, Yes it's the ones I vaguely remember from a few weeks back I'm thinking of. Sep 16, 2009 at 16:22
  • related to my question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19938/…
    – marcgg
    Sep 16, 2009 at 19:22

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No. There isn't, and there should not be.

SO is about Questions and Answers, not comments. There has been a constant squeeze on comment-related features and it should stay that way.

Anything with URLs is just light weight hack-ish.

Who are you trying to stalk, anyway?


Yep, and you already know how to do it. :) Replace me with the user's numeric ID. I just did a search for your comments here on meta by doing:

user:130494 comment:1

Now, of course, this shows a list of questions where you have comments -- so if you need something more granular, yes, you need the data dump or the sandbox.

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    This doesn't work exactly, it appears to filter based on questions either asked or answered by the user, that have comments attached to the question. I believe Rich wants to find questions which he has commented on Sep 16, 2009 at 16:11
  • I think @Nathan has it right, for instance I just commented on this question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5329/are-we-too-rep-focused, which does not appear in the search meta.stackoverflow.com/… I think it just appeared to work because I've commented on most of my posts on meta Sep 16, 2009 at 16:21
  • @Rich: I think that part of it is the age of the question itself, and yes, you're going to probably be in a mode of hitting the data dump. The question you commented on (one of mine, no less!) is older than the most recent (and less active than the most active) 25 on which you commented. So in essence, performing this search only seems to give 25 results ... And thus, here we set. I'm checking to see if I can hack the URL to get more results, but I have my doubts.
    – John Rudy
    Sep 16, 2009 at 18:45

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