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Due to a recent change, you can close flagging (and closing) dialogs by clicking anywhere on the page, except the dialog itself.1 Let me be the first to say that I find this pretty annoying.

It is very easy to close the dialog by mistake when, e.g., using a touchpad to scroll to a different part of the page. Furthermore, it makes it impossible to copy and paste anything from the page itself into the other field if the dialog is already open. To make matters worse, reopening the flagging dialog wipes the other field clean.

I like this behavior for the little popups, but you can close the flagging dialog using either the big, bold X in the upper right corner or by just pressing Esc. That's enough for me.


  • Can we please revert to the old behavior?

  • In case the answer is no2, could the content of the other be restored when the dialog gets reopened?

1 Also, the close link in the lower left corner has disappeared, but I couldn't care less personally.

2 Requesting to undo recent changes seldom goes well.

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Closing by clicking anywhere on the dialog seems... non-standard, so I favor this. – Robert Harvey Mar 8 '13 at 4:07
@RobertHarvey: Out of the dialog, not on the dialog. It is kinda non-standard when the rest of the page isn’t disabled anyways, though. Anyway, I second this: even Ctrl+clicking on a link in the background will close the dialog, which is sometimes annoying when reviewing duplicate close votes. – Ryan O'Hara Mar 8 '13 at 5:07
@minitech: Thanks, it's been a long day. :) – Robert Harvey Mar 8 '13 at 5:08

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