When another person's comment is edited, in order to see an edit has been made you have to refresh. In case this idea has not been given here on Meta, why not make edits to comments give a pop-in, just like it is with questions and answers?

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    Um, what? I never need to click refresh when I edit a comment. Test. Yep. I don't need to press refresh for that.
    – M.A.R.
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:33
  • Do you mean when someone else edits their comment you have to refresh to see it?
    – James
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:35
  • @James Indeed .
    – user26486
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:37
  • But edits to questions and answers don't appear instantly, there's a pop-in that tells you it's been edited but you still have to click or refresh to activate it.
    – Catija
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:41
  • @Catija Indeed, but you can instantly see an edit has been made. This should be the case with comments too.
    – user26486
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:43
  • Then you should change your question to reflect the actual behavior and to explain what you want more completely.
    – Catija
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:44

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Comments are not important, and are referred to as "2nd (and 3rd) class citizens". We don't have comment history or revisions, and once deleted they are gone without a trace, etc.

Also, there are a great deal of comments, and often new ones flying in quite quickly on a question, so the site resource cost would be quite high with little return to refresh them all (or notify when they have been edited).

Questions and answers don't auto-refresh anyway, you are notified there is an edit, and you click to refresh. But questions and answers have this functionality as they are essential parts of the site.

Doing this with comments would be insane.

  • It's interesting how I just expected to see comments are second-class citizens in the answer while scrolling down. The very sentence has answered a lot of feature requests. :)
    – M.A.R.
    Jun 25, 2015 at 18:13
  • @M.A.Ramezani The sentence has answered a lot of feature requests specifically about comments :) Usually wanting to make comments something they are not. While comments are very useful, they are not that important, and having too much functionality in comments is not worthwhile.
    – James
    Jun 25, 2015 at 18:36

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