we probably will add a UI shortcut for 'deleted' which just removes the text and locks edits, however we first need to change the UI for chat actions. We are thinking something more like how Slack works with the icons overlaid on hover, but it's complicated by the variable chat width bubble here.
Comments removed for a helpful reason (obsolete, readability or similar) would be more useful if less noticeable (blank comment), and misuses seem likely to attract more attention/suspicion/drama in other ways (I'm not familiar with all the subtleties of this fine art so I may be wrong). Keeping the history is a good safeguard in any case.
I would be way more curious to check the hstory of a "Deleted comment" than a blank one. Some time ago I think a post I made was accidentaly posted two times and I flagged it. Not sure if it was deleted really fast or if was just a UI glitch. I guess that flags should be used more sparingly.
The commonly accepted approach to deleting comments is to edit it and replace it with a cute duck picture - the cuter the better :)
(if you don't have any duck pictures yourself, this website is a great source: http://www.duckoftheday.co.uk/ )
@Jack Would you please make it available to delete a previously posted comment?
I tend to agree so when I have the time I post specific suggestions over here in meta. Everyone is welcome to do so (see previous [design-related posts](https://topanswers.xyz/meta?search=%5Bdesign%5D)). You can create a new meta post or a comment/answer to an existing post if you have your own specific ideas. I know the TA developers would appreciate feedback from users with a keen eye for design, especially if specific and actionable.
For viewing the chat I don't want it to survive navigation: if someone links something in chat, it's probably for the question instead of the chat page. I guess if someone wanted to view only the questions then that might not be the case, but then wouldn't they also want the setting to persist generally?
If I have to unsnap the divider to go back to looking at the QA then that's definitely not as good. I'd like to go back to the two-panel layout if I open any other page on TA (which I'd probably do in a new tab, but maybe not).
a URL is probably a pretty easy way to implement this, especially as we can edit the url to get rid of the query parameter silently when the page displays — but the 'snapable' divider would probably work just as well for you? If so I think it's a nicer solution overall
That's why I suggested a URL to view only the chat half of a page (or questions, since I'm sure some people want the opposite thing). It's easiest to bookmark.
I'd prefer something that doesn't persist at all---I'd like to have the option to view the chat as a full page sometimes but otherwise view the site like it is by default (I was the one who asked Adam this initially).
thinking about it though there is no easy way to comment it out :) (in FF at least)
You can get desktop to behave like mobile by overriding a bit of css with a browser extension (Styling/ish/us). If you change `@media (max-width: 576px)` to `@media (max-width: 9999px)` or something. It still won't persist across refresh as the same localstorage toggle will be used on both tabs, but it's a lot easier and less faffy than moving the divider
@Jack You previously told me that your solution to have chat and questions in separate windows was to move the slider to the left/right edge. However, there's only one persisting setting per user, so if I have two such windows, and refresh the page, the become the same. How about allowing ?show=chat and ?show=questions (or similar) to the URL causing a "zoomed" view? Then you can have "pop out" buttons in each top bar that would open the same page with the parameter set, and people could bookmark those.