I was browsing through the mod tools (only visible to users with >2k rep, sorry) and saw this:


The "Recently Deleted" posts show up just fine, but the "Recently Undeleted" ones are so pale as to be almost invisible against a white background. I literally didn't see them at first.

Is this a design bug? Something that can be fixed? I haven't noticed it on any other sites.

  • I can confirm that this is the case for me as well (Opera 46.0.2597.26, Ubuntu 16.04). Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 11:48
  • Same on Chrome (59.0.3071.109), Windows 10.
    – Shokhet
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 16:05
  • This is also the case on SFF, which makes me think it's by design (though I can't see the necessity of such design). Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 20:23
  • @Gallifreyan Huh. In that case, I wonder if it's a recent design change. I don't remember having any readability issues with the 10k tools on SFF or Puzzling before.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 22:10
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    Are those "Recently Deleted" posts instances of votes to delete by 2k users, or moderator deletes? If you aren't a moderator, my recollection is that delete/undelete actions taken by moderators will be in gray. (but I don't have a non-mod 10k account to test with) Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 19:36
  • @Nathaniel Both. Whether a post is (un)deleted by community vote or by a modhammer, it'll show up in that section of the 2k/10k tools.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 22:40
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    I mean, my recollection is that a darker blue link will appear if it's a community vote, but a modhammered post will be linked in gray (since the community can't reverse in that case). Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 22:43
  • @Nathaniel What about posts deleted by the Community bot? (which I think covers all the recently deleted questions on Lit) It has a diamond, but non-mods can vote to undelete its deletions.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 23:05
  • Community bot would also be in blue. Only modhammered stuff would be in gray. Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 23:10
  • I checked on SFF, and a hovertext appears on the greyed posts, saying I can't vote to delete/undelete. It seems to be by design, but I agree it could be made more readable. Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 8:42
  • @Gallifreyan Well, that's odd, because I'm not getting that hovertext for this answer which was deleted by a moderator. Maybe it only goes for questions? Anyway, you're right - all the greyed-out ones have that hovertext. Want to post that as an answer?
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 11:27
  • Relevant dupe-ish request on main meta: meta.stackexchange.com/q/96438/348200 Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 11:31

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Those items appear to be dimmed when deleted single-handedly, or migrated, by a moderator. Indeed, those two posts: Should "New Spring" be read before the rest of books in the Wheel of Time series? and Please help identify a fanfic-y apocryphal story based on Noon Universe appear greyed because they were undeleted by one user and a moderator. If one was to hover over them, a text appears saying "you can't vote to delete/undelete this post".

There is a feature request on the main meta - Dimmed things in mod tools - which asks for the same UI improvement as this one.

  • Wait, we can't vote to delete a post which has been undeleted by a mod? I thought we could. I know for sure that the OP can delete a mod-undeleted post.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 11:50
  • The sample space is small here, and I can't vote either way on SFF yet. Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 11:51
  • That's true. I assumed, since the delete button disappeared from mod-undeleted questions, it would disappear from mod-deleted tools if I was unable to vote anyway. Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 11:54

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