Similar to the way that the global inbox jumps directly to the answer, it would be helpful to be able to jump directly to the comment as indicated in the global inbox.

The issue is that sometimes a comment is hidden underneath the add / show more comments and if there are a lot of comments (which happens quite often on the skeptics site) I need to first skim through the available comments to see if that comment hasn't been voted up then open the link then find the actual comment.

This is also helpful on a mobile interface to reduce the number of clicks when I want a quick update on one of my posts.

It appears from this answer that it is possible to link to comments.

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    So you want it to auto-expand when we jump to a hidden comment?
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 2:39
  • @jcolebrand - That's correct.
    – going
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 2:45
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    Comment linking is possible, but intentionally not supported, so I'm not sure how likely it is that they'll go for this. For a userscript alternative, see SE Modifications. Also, (for linking purposes) there's a semi-related bug report.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 2:53
  • This is unlikely to ever happen. We want you to at least glance at the rest of the content as well. Comments != chat. Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 8:10
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    @Cody that doesn't make sense as a comment is in reply to something you already wrote so you know what 'the rest of the content' is.
    – going
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 22:25
  • Other people frequently comment in the interim. There's no guarantee that the discussion is limited to just you and the other person. This is a useless feature. It already links to the specific post in question. How hard is it to just read the content and reply accordingly? Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 22:59
  • @Cody - Just asking for something that would help my user experience as its something I use almost daily. I hate asking questions in meta; can't get a straight answer without some passive aggressive reply from some mod or super user. Comments are what they are, a useless feature is providing a link which doesn't link to the right place.
    – going
    Commented Jul 20, 2011 at 0:01
  • Not sure if that was meant to be a passive aggressive reply to my comment. Note that I'm neither a moderator on Meta, nor am I a very active participant on Super User. The reason you "can't get a straight answer", though, is because you're making a feature request. I'm not sure what type of answer you're looking for, other than one of the developers saying "this has been implemented". That's relatively rare, and it's even less rare that it happens overnight. You'll have a lot better experience on Meta if you try to chill out and take objections in stride. Commented Jul 20, 2011 at 0:03

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The fact that one cannot reliably link to comments aside: (update: one can now)

Direct linking would requires listing all comments in the Inbox by themselves. Currently Previously comments were grouped together, which kept the list short. I liked that.

Since this was implemented I need to scroll in my Inbox itself, seeing the same post repeated many times. Too bad, I feel:

The same post repeated and repeated and repeated...

That said: it might be have been nice if the comments were expanded when following a link form the Inbox. I don't feel a need to automatically scroll to the specific comment then, but I wouldn't mind automatic scrolling to the first (oldest) comment to which the Inbox notification applies.

(Likewise: your responses tab and your activity tab do link to comments directly, but only for comments on answers. For that to work, hidden comments are unhidden if required too.)


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