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On mobile web, the non-upvoted comments are not expanded by default, only on Workplace.se. No other site does this, including this Meta. Is this by design or a bug?

There is no user settable option for this.

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    I think this is the reason for this? – enderland Jul 24 '17 at 15:23
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    This happens on desktop as well, so not just a mobile thing. – David K Jul 24 '17 at 15:37
  • Also, on desktop at least, it definitely happens on other sites as well. Here are some examples on SciFi, Academia, Worldbuilding. Can you verify whether the comments are expanded on these as well? – David K Jul 24 '17 at 15:40
  • @ender so by design? Even when there is a single comment? – cde Jul 24 '17 at 15:49
  • @David single un-upvoted comment on the worldbuilding and scifi link are not hidden. – cde Jul 24 '17 at 15:50
  • @cde Interesting, they are hidden for me on desktop. And just tried my phone - hidden there too. – David K Jul 24 '17 at 15:51
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  • That answers the question, but they are not dupes. This can be marked as status-by-design. – cde Jul 24 '17 at 17:55
  • I am pretty sure that in StackOverflow (also in the mobile) low upvoted comments are hidden also, this is an expected behavior to make good comments stand out – DarkCygnus Jul 24 '17 at 17:56
  • @gray on most sites the first 5 un-upvoted comments are seen for every answer. The behavior here and on SO are the odd ones. – cde Jul 24 '17 at 18:00
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This isn't specific to mobile, and it's an intentional site-specific setting. See Comments without upvotes are now hidden if a question has more than two answers.

The Workplace gets a lot of comments, and the default visibility settings led to a lot of noise on the page that got in the way of getting to the next answer. So we now auto-collapse comments that aren't upvoted on questions with more than a couple answers, to help focus on the important content: the question and answers.

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