I'd really like to have the option to show all comments by default to questions and answers, instead of having to click on "show more comments" each time.

This would be really helpful where there are long discussions following a question or an answer (like here on Meta), because reading them in chronological order makes a lot more sense than reading only the most voted ones.

Is this possible?

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    Perhaps it could auto-expand if the total amount of comments on the whole question is below a certain threshold? I wouldn't want this to happen on EVERY question, since some might contain comment wars in which case the current implementation is much better.
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Jun 17, 2010 at 7:04
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    Totally agree: I don't see the point of hiding one or two comments and making me click on show more. How does that help me? I'm ok with not showing all comments, but perhaps if it is like 25 or more!!
    – Erik Eidt
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 17:54
  • A user script to automatically expand all comments: stackapps.com/questions/7993/expand-all-comments-script Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 9:51

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There was discussion of a comment expansion user preference, back when comment voting was introduced, but nobody seemed that interested in it -- so we haven't followed up.

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    Any plan on trying again?
    – Massimo
    Commented Jun 17, 2010 at 7:59
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    Here here... Seconded... Commented Oct 18, 2010 at 3:03
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    It would be great! Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 3:27
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    Please do. A part of the problem is that comments are hidden based on points (or whatever), so after reading some of them and clicking on "show all" you're lost. I see I'm not the first one complaining about this.
    – maaartinus
    Commented May 16, 2011 at 21:18

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