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There is a handy moderator tool that adds a little indicator to the left margin of a post that has deleted comments or flags. This is really useful, as it pushes information to the mods instead of us having to know to go look for it. Excellent efficiency improvement!

The indicator is designed for a window that is 1250px wide, and operates in a reduced capacity down to 1070px. The monitor I'm using to ask this question is 1050px wide (it's 1050 x 1680 in portrait mode for easier document viewing). I also access SE from a tablet that I believe is 1024px wide.

This means I can never see this helpful tool on either of those devices, even if I go full-screen with the browser. It's not like I'm clinging desperately to ancient technology, refusing to give up my 13" CRT that went all the way up to, gosh, 800px wide -- I'm using reasonably modern, normal hardware here. Portrait monitors may be a little unusual (though I know lots of people who use them), but tablets smaller than 1250px (or even 1070px) are common.

I've been previously told that SE site layout is designed for 1024px wide, and that seems reasonably common "out in the wild" based on casual observation. Can we find a way to make some form of this indicator avaialble at that width? Ideally it should be availble at even narrow sizes, but at least 1024px would be consistent with other site-design constraints. Given that it goes down to 1070 now, may we please have 46 more pixels of flexibility? Or move it from out in the margin to under the voting buttons so it makes use of whitespace that's already there?

This problem can't even be circumvented with a userscript right now; people who tried to write that to help me out failed because some needed IDs are missing in the HTML. (I am not a script wizard and am repeating what I was told, but Tim Post was one of the ones who looked into this at the time.) If you can't make it work to your satisfaction at a narrower size but we can get the hooks and a userscript, I'll be happy with that.

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Kludge to get by: use your browser's zoom function to get yourself some more pixels rendered in less space. – Caleb Jul 12 '13 at 18:51
But yes, this is an issue for me too. Not that my monitor is small, but it is partitioned with side by side windows and the loss of function on SE sites below 2/3 the width of my screen is frustrating when I know that stuff would fit just fine if the layout was more flexible. – Caleb Jul 12 '13 at 18:52
@Caleb, agree on wanting it to work with smaller windoe sizes anyway; I almost never give anything the full screen, but even if I had to (temporarily) for SE, it still wouldn't help here as implemented (as you said). As for zoom, I could do that but then my font sizes would change, so I'd have to adjust those, and then when I zoomed out I'd have to adjust them again, and... whee. As a user with some vision problems I've already got a careful balance of text/zoom settings that more-or-less works, and I'm hesitant to disturb that. But thanks for the suggestion; it may come to that. – Monica Cellio Jul 12 '13 at 18:56
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I've written a userscript that (seems to, at least) fixes this issue, by moving the information from an extra widget on the side to just below the voting controls.

SourceInstall (Grease/Tampermonkey) — Install (native)

Mods will be familiar with the coloured icons we see for a number of things - it adds a pair of them under the voting controls, in the same order as the information is in the widget, and a third containing a link to the post timeline. (Hover over them for a reminder, if you're not sure.)

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This is great! I can now finally access that information in a browser that's "only" ~1000px wide. Thank you! – Monica Cellio Jan 10 at 2:35
You should flip the structure and have the div encompassed by the link, so that the entire box is clickable rather than just the number. ;) Otherwise I think this looks awesome, and better than the standard mod info box to begin with. I'm going to use it myself, even though I have way more screen width than I need on my browsing window. – animuson Jan 13 at 5:04
@animuson aye, I thought of that but never got round to it. I'll take a look soon. – ArtOfCode Jan 13 at 7:47
@animuson Try that. Should work. – ArtOfCode Jan 18 at 19:03

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