There's something weird about the removed messages in chat. I saw this in the Electrical Engineering chat. @ThePhoton said something, removed his messages so that we could only see "(removed)", but for some reason his messages were still visible in the chatlog.

You can see the message here.

I tried to reproduce this in the sandbox (transcript), however, the messages I removed weren't visible.

Additionally, we did some checks in the EE chat ([permalink]). Short version:

  • Some users could see @ThePhoton's messages as well, some users couldn't

  • @ThePhoton couldn't see his own messages in the transcript, not even a placeholder

  • Other users couldn't see anything in the transcript of the sandbox

  • @ThePhoton only meant to say

I can't figure out what's going on here, but I don't think it's by design that I can see removed messages.


Deleted chat messages are never visible in the transcript, but the message you're linking to has never been removed.

That said, removed messages are typically soft-deleted and some users (such as moderators) may be able to see the message history. I'm hazy on the exact requirements for that. Either way, though, that is only accessible from the chat room itself and never from the transcript.

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    (For completeness: the post owner, room owners, and moderators can see the history of deleted chat messages from within the live view; the deleted message was this other one) – Tim Stone Jun 14 '13 at 21:09
  • @TimStone Ah, right. Room owners. I wasn't sure if it was a straight up 10k privilege or if it had to be room owners. – Adam Lear Jun 14 '13 at 21:11

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