Is it possible to view all recent comments?

I want to review all the recent comments posted to a site.

  • Sorted chronologically
  • All users (every/any user together)
  • Including the user's name and the comment's text/body

Something approximately like this view except for all/any users.

Is this available as a standard view, a "stack-app", or anything else?

Most people aren't too interested in comments: but this feature might help moderate a site, to see comments (conversations) which are being posted by any user even on old questions or answers.

  • 4
    <insert 'comments are second class citizens' rant here> Jan 12, 2016 at 10:17
  • 1
    Only via the Data Explorer, comments posted until last Sunday-ish. Jan 12, 2016 at 10:22
  • SEDE is kind of late (not real-time) for effective moderation purposes.
    – ChrisW
    Jan 12, 2016 at 10:57
  • api.stackexchange.com/docs/comments
    – yannis
    Jan 12, 2016 at 11:15
  • The link isn't hard to construct: <post link>#comment<comment id>_<post id>
    – yannis
    Jan 12, 2016 at 11:28
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    @yannis Yea, one could simply find the latest number in use and iterate over the X before that.
    – Mast
    Nov 28, 2019 at 15:40

2 Answers 2


https://charcoal-se.org/blaze/ will do this. (Unfortunately, you can't bookmark the comments view, so you have to fill out the form every time you visit.)

Stack Apps post


As @yannis noted in the comments, it's possible with the Stack Exchange API. You'd need to tweak the output a bit by modifying the default filter, but I believe this URL should work quite well (subsitute the site parameter with the site you're interested in):


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The benefit of the documentation page (instead of the 'raw' API endpoint) is that it automatically generates links to the comment (and the user) and a hover option for the comment date. The downside is that long comments require some scrolling to read; for those, the direct link might work better. The direct link is available from the 'address bar' above the output.

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Note that HTML entities are still escaped, but in most cases that shouldn't be much of a problem.


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