This one's a bit weird. Any time I view a question through a direct link to one of its comments (Whether through an inbox notification, an outside link, or just clicking the time on a comment on a page I'm already on), the page loads up with the title whole content area (answers, vote buttons, sidebar and all) aligned weirdly. Once I reload the page through any other link (and thus get rid of the #comment bit), it looks good again.

Image of a misaligned title

System Info: Win7, IE11, no toolbars, no add-ons, no userscripts, etc.

  • Can you post an example comment link where this can be reproduced? Apr 17, 2014 at 3:23
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/229773/… is the link to your comment. Or meta.stackexchange.com/questions/229773/… which is the link to this one. Just tested both, both caused it. Apr 17, 2014 at 3:24
  • Can't seem to reproduce on my end (Ubuntu, Google Chrome 32.0.1700.102). Did you test it with other browsers, @Billy? Apr 17, 2014 at 3:27
  • Nah. I'm on my laptop while on vacation, and it's rarely used. Hence the OS's default browser with fully stock settings; there's not much else installed on this thing. Apr 17, 2014 at 3:28
  • It's because scrollIntoView is called on the highlighted comment. For some reason that causes IE11 to horizontally scroll the element ancestor in addition to just vertically scrolling the page.
    – Tim Stone
    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:38
  • Ah, I'm seeing this too (Win8.1 IE11). Was just about to post this. It only happens on MSE.
    – Troyen
    Apr 18, 2014 at 18:32
  • I think this has been finally fixed.
    – Troyen
    Jun 26, 2014 at 17:51
  • @Troyen Just followed the link to that comment, and yeah, seems to be fine. I'll flag for a status-completed. Jun 26, 2014 at 19:23

2 Answers 2


This should be working correctly now. Tested it here with Win 8.1 / IE 11 barebones. Note that I did not fix it myself; just tagged it.

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    – nicael
    Jun 26, 2014 at 22:05
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    – Haney
    Jun 26, 2014 at 22:13
  • Since when? Today? Simply interesting ))
    – nicael
    Jun 26, 2014 at 22:13
  • @nicael since Monday.
    – Haney
    Jun 26, 2014 at 22:18
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    – nicael
    Jun 26, 2014 at 22:19

It's because #question-header is defined to be too wide:

.question-page #question-header {
    width: 980px;
    padding: 20px;

…where 980 + 20 + 20 equals a width of 1020 pixels inside of #content, which is only 980 pixels wide. This doesn't cause layout problems in the general case because #content has overflow: hidden, but when scrollIntoView is called on the comment (as is the case when highlighting it when you visit via one of those links) IE apparently decides that extra width should influence how it focuses on the selected content and shifts everything to the left. Without the hidden overflow you end up with a horizontal scrollbar instead.

In cases where the title of the question is particularly long, the oversized header can also result in clipping of the title text depending on where the text wraps (at least in Chrome):

clipped title text

Assuming the width can't just be dropped, assigning the padding to .question-page #question-header h1 instead would fix things.

  • Is there a fix on its way or are there more pressing bugs?
    – rene
    Apr 22, 2014 at 10:19
  • You'd have to ask a dev. :P But since it's a fairly trivial fix I hope someone will address it sometime soon.
    – Tim Stone
    Apr 22, 2014 at 14:55

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