This little patch [ D974: Outliner: "Show Active" now also expands all parents to show the active object itself ] alters the behaviour of the Outliner's "View > Show Active" operator in the following way:
Prior to centering the view on the active object, it will open up all the parent hierarchies to reveal the active object itself.
[Currently you can press ‘.’ to find the selected object in Outliner. However, if it’s parented to an other object, you can’t see it under the hierarchy.]
This has actually annoyed me for quite some time and has been mentioned a couple of times in forums and by artists I have talked to.
Recently it has been mentioned here for example:
edit: is also on TODO (see https://developer.blender.org/T41195)
[btw.: patch is reusing ifdefed code that was already in there]
What do you think?