I've read a lot of negative reactions to the now all-out so-called responsive design.

This question of mine I'm not sure if it belongs to that thread or not as a feature request or bug report, since I might be just missing something here. I apologize if this has already been addressed elsewhere before.

I remember previously (before the new theme) one can click on something around a comment and get a http link, so that one can quote that specific comment just like any posts or wikipedia or any webpage out there.

It is useful when having back-and-forth discussions so I wonder if this can still be done now.

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    $\begingroup$ Doesn't the date and time of each comment produce a link to that comment? $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2018 at 18:39
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    $\begingroup$ Like this one: math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/29201/… $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2018 at 18:39
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    $\begingroup$ P.S. SE deliberately designs to discourage the use of comments for content, and you probably shouldn't rely on a comment persisting for any length of time. I think you can use chat rooms if you want to have a discussion that has a persistent log. $\endgroup$
    – user14972
    Oct 1, 2018 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ As far as I can tell - and Carl Mummert confirms this in the very first comment, clicking on the timestamp to get the link still works. This is the way described here: Direct Link to a Comment. (And it is also linked in one of the answers to How to link to a comment?) (I suppose this is what you meant by "...one can click on something around a comment and get a http link".) $\endgroup$ Oct 2, 2018 at 8:48

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I just experimented and discovered that the time of posting display is a link to the specific comment. So you can obtain the URL by any of your favorite methods of doing so; e.g. in Chrome I can:

  • Click on it, which will put the URL in the address bar
  • Right click on it, and select "copy link address" (which I can then paste elsewhere)

(note: this post assumes you mean that you wish to obtain a link to the comment rather than to quote it)

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    $\begingroup$ Yeah as I suspected, I was being momentarily stupid as this has been exactly the same as before the new theme. Indeed all I wanted was to link but not really quote the comment as in let the system automatically display the linked comment. $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2018 at 18:44

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