When following a link in the "activity" page, you are directed to the entry directly. That is, if the activity was a comment, you directly jump to the comment.

But in the "responses" page, if you follow an entry and the entry relates to a question, you merely jump to that question and not to the response itself. (If the entry relates to an answer, then you jump to the comment itself, as expected.)

I find that behavior annoying, as it makes it difficult to directly link to a response, in particular if that response was a comment. I need to inspect the page source to find the comment-id to link to.

  • Seems to work for me. For a comment listed on the "responses" page, when I click on the relevant question title I'm directed straight to the comment in question. The link is like http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/96097/question-layout-all-messed-up/96100#comment-241627 – Lightness Races with Monica Jun 23 '11 at 14:21
  • @Tomalak weird. it doesn't do that for me. – Johannes Schaub - litb Jun 23 '11 at 14:24
  • It works for me too: a link to a comment in the "responses" tab takes me to the comment, and a link to an answer takes me to that answer. – kiamlaluno Jun 23 '11 at 14:29
  • @Kiam if you go to "stackoverflow.com/users/34509/…" and click on the comment "@Johannes: The idea of having references seems very dangerous to me, because the references will ..." or to "@Johannes: I suppose if the end iterator points to a sentinel value within the container, then the" does it take you to the comment? – Johannes Schaub - litb Jun 23 '11 at 14:43
  • @Tomalak ^^^^^^ – Johannes Schaub - litb Jun 23 '11 at 14:44
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    @Johannes Schaub - litb I cannot access your "responses" tab. If I look at your account page, I see just three tabs: "stats," "bounties," and "accounts." I can only try on my account, and I cannot reproduce what you are reporting. – kiamlaluno Jun 23 '11 at 14:56
  • Actually I'm seeing the same thing @Tomalak and @kiamlaluno are seeing, the links do indeed include the #comment-xxxx pieces which link to the comment directly, so I deleted my answer. – Daniel DiPaolo Jun 23 '11 at 15:02
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    @Daniel it appears that links to comments to questions do not include the "comment-xxxx" pieces. But only links to comments to answers do. – Johannes Schaub - litb Jun 23 '11 at 15:16
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  • @Tomalak ^^^^^^^ – Johannes Schaub - litb Jun 23 '11 at 15:24
  • @kiam ^^^^^^^^^^ – Johannes Schaub - litb Jun 23 '11 at 15:24
  • @Johannes: Ah, yes. For comments on answers the functionality is present; for comments on questions, not. Whether the bug is that the comment anchor is missing for entries relating to questions, or that the comment rather than answer anchor is used for entries relating to answers, there is a bug here. – Lightness Races with Monica Jun 23 '11 at 15:49
  • Hence the real complaint is about not wanting to fix it, and not wanting to handle the collapsed comments.... not really about whether the link is useful or not. If the link weren't useful, I have no real reason why it still works in some cases at all. – Lee Louviere Jun 23 '11 at 16:57
  • @Tomalak and Johannes: The comment anchor is present. I just requested that it should be used for questions, too, and found this very question only now. – Hendrik Vogt Sep 27 '11 at 13:47

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