[aur-dev] Stop limiting the height of AUR comments?

Radostin Stoyanov rstoyanov1 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 06:12:51 UTC 2017

Hi all,

I like the idea of expanding the long comments and an easy solution
using JQuery could be adding link or button:

Expand (on click) -> $(this).closest('p').css("max-height", "none");

Condense (on click) -> $(this).closest('p').css("max-height", "10em");

I tested in the browser console with:

$($('.article-content')[0]).children('p').css("max-height", "none");

$($('.article-content')[0]).children('p').css("max-height", "10em");

On 09/03/17 23:58, Nicholas Sielicki via aur-dev wrote:
> On Sun, 2016-03-06 at 22:09 +0000, Eric Engestrom wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Every now and then, someone will post a huge dump (log, error messages,
>> etc.) to the AUR comments. Besides being usually useless, those comments
>> force everyone to scroll for a while before getting to the next comment.
>> What do you guys think about adding something like this to limit the
>> vertical space taken by such comments?
>>> #news div p {
>>>   max-height: 10em;
>>>   overflow: auto;
>>> }
>> If the idea is approved, I can send a proper patch ;]
> About one year ago this change was proposed and committed to limit the height
> of comments on AUR pages.  (If you're looking for it in your inbox, this post
> took place on the aur-general list, not on aur-dev.)
> I'm posting because I find this behavior more annoying than helpful.
> Take a look at the following AUR page as an example:
> https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/linux-next-git/
> The biggest issue that I have is that if a comment is truncated in height,
> there's no way to expand the comment such that the whole comment is visible. At
> least for me, seeing only a small portion of the comment at a time makes it
> much harder to fully grok, particularly when it comes to things like logs,
> error messages, patches, etc.
> Beyond that, try loading that AUR page on your phone, or try navigating the
> comments with one of the browser plugins for vim-bindings. On my phone, it's
> not obvious at first glance that the truncated comments are individually
> scrollable.  I believe that multiple vertical scrollbars on a page is not a
> great experience in any browser.
> lfleischer suggested (on the thread quoted above) that one potiential solution
> could be a link towards the bottom of long comments that ties into javascript,
> where one could click to expand it. I think that's a much better solution--
> provided that the full contents of the comment would still be accessibile in a
> browser without javascript. eg: page is served with fully visible comments,
> long comments are hidden by javascript after it loads.
> Personally, I think the best solution would be to just revert the change
> entirely. I disagree with the notion that long comments are "usually useless".
> I think that more often than not, the opposite is actually true-- longer
> comments typically are the ones that contain fixes/patches for broken AUR
> pkgbuilds. Not to mention, comments on aurweb are already paginated after 10
> comments-- that alone keeps the page (relatively) short.
> I think trying to minimize scrolling is a misguided effort, especially when it
> can come at the expense of making useful content harder to read.
> (archive of previous post @
> http://aur-general.archlinux.narkive.com/5bDpCkn8/rfc-limit-the-height-of-aur-comments
> )

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