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This is only minor but the reply arrow in chat points right (see image here).

I would have expected it to point left, like the enter button and other replies, e.g. in Outlook.

Why is this?

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The arrow to initiate a reply goes down, then right.

This is to counter the arrow used on the replying message, which goes up, then left, shown below.

Arrow'd

Basically, it goes right to illustrate that "This is where I'm going to put my reply", with the right-directional arrow indicating thus "This is where my reply comes from". Grouping them together, you'd get a linking loop that symbolizes the connection between the reply and its origin message.

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true, but it this does not explain why this is different to the rest of the world. Why not e.g. have an up arrow to go back to the "replying message". –  Wikis Mar 24 '11 at 16:11
    
@Wikis If it was an up arrow for the reply, then wouldn't the "reply arrow" have to be down to match it? They're designed as a pair, and due to how it operates, it is closer to how forum threads mark replies than how mail clients do it. In such nested threading, you use up (and sometimes left) to indicate the point towards the origin. –  Grace Note Mar 24 '11 at 16:14
    
well, I have to admit that you have answered "why". But I think it is counter-intuitive and should be changed. But that's another question... –  Wikis Mar 24 '11 at 16:25

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