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(Note: this post concerns a moderator-only ability.)

Moderators can undelete comments. I mostly find this useful when there are a lot of obsolete comments on a post: I use the “purge all comments” tool, then I want to undelete the couple of comments that should stay.

… And I can never remember how to do it, because the solution is to click on some very faint text that appears in the left margin of the page. With a normal window width, this text isn't visible at all! I need to widen my window to 1251 pixels to see the box at all (but truncated on the left), and to about 1300 pixels to see the box in full.

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Please make comment undeletion more accessible. It should be on the comment view (“show N deleted comments” mod tool).

More generally, please don't hide UI elements by putting them outside the window. If it's worth having at all, it's worth having where we can see it and click it.

  • Downvoting only because I don't think deleted comments are worth that much on a large site for Stack Overflow. I do think there is some value to having them accessible in another fashion than they are, but I've never needed to undelete comments in a fashion that would necessitate a change to the UI. The only time I undelete-comments is when I've just deleted all comments and am seriously considering some of the deleted comments to be useful (which is rare indeed). – George Stocker Mar 21 '14 at 11:54
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    @GeorgeStocker That's my use case too, and the UI isn't set up right for that. – Gilles Mar 21 '14 at 12:18
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I'm going to call this done... Although it isn't ideal just yet.

With the newly-available marginal indicators shown below the voting buttons, there's both a consistent indicator for, and readily-visible path to deleted comments.

The fly in the ointment here is that while it's now very accessible even at relatively narrow window widths, it's still awkward on mobile - you have to use the full theme, which then almost certainly requires constant panning and zooming. This should improve as responsive designs become more widely available.

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