When I browse to a specific answer and it has more than five comments, I would like the comments to become expanded automatically instead of having to click the "add/show [x] more comments" - after all, I'm browsing to this specific answer so naturally I would like to see all comments made on it.

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The activity overview currently links to specific comments, for comments on answers. The scrolling relies on #comment-xx URL fragments, and fails if the comment is initially hidden, bringing one to the top of the page instead.

So, I could either file a bug report for the confusing links, or give this feature request some more attention. Bump! :-) (This has meanwhile been reported as a bug.)

Implementing auto-expanding will still make #comment-xx-links fail if a comment has been deleted, again bringing one to the top of the page rather than to the answer. To gracefully fall back to scrolling to the answer then, some client-side JavaScript-fu would be needed to first see if the comment still exists, and rewrite the fragment if not? If such script is ever considered:

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    Thanks for the bump of confidence, as I don't see much activity here I would submit bug report regarding the inbox comments sending to the top of the page. :) Apr 14, 2011 at 12:32
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    But then, @Shadow, if the quick solution is to remove the URL fragments, browsing one's own activity when searching for something might become a bit more difficult. Hmmm, tough decision, not even knowing if a bug report would be fixed ;-)
    – Arjan
    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:34
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    I would love to see all comments auto-expanded (or have a preference that would let me set it for my account.) The More link is a pale gray, and if the page is busy (i.e. there's another answer immediately below a list of comments for one answer) it's sometimes easy to miss that there IS a More link.
    – EmmyS
    May 20, 2011 at 19:29

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