How to view the source text of other people's comments?
I would like users to be able to view the source for other people's comment and discussion text. This is useful to be able to see markdown, html and math-text source (in latex, we are using MathJax).
Ideally, what I would see is instead of the "Edit" option which I see for my own comments, a "View source" option, which pulls up the same dialog as the edit window, but which doesn't have all of the buttons at the bottom for saving, etc. (Just one button called Done, for closing the panel.) I like the format of this entry panel, and the way that it is friendly to selection.
Alternatively, the standard Edit button could be left in place, and a permissions check would be performed -- checking whether I am the owner of this comment -- and used to disable the buttons Save, Preview, etc. which are not authorized. Only Cancel would remain enabled.
What do people think about the best / cleanest / easiest way to go about this. As stated in the previous request, it sounds like a core feature request. But do you think that this could be naturally handled through a plugin? I am glad to take this project on, but haven't written any plugins myself, so any guiding comments would be appreciated.