As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:


The moderator here is not the original poster, but on the comments by the aforementioned OP, his name has the OP background. On the other comments, he (correctly) doesn't.

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    Delete ALL THE THINGS! \nn/
    – user158781
    Apr 10, 2014 at 0:59
  • @ColeJohnson because it's on Meta.Scifi, which has a dark color scheme.
    – Kevin
    Apr 10, 2014 at 14:48
  • It's good Meta.SciFi uses a different background color, now. :)
    – apaderno
    May 21, 2014 at 16:19
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    @kiamlaluno it doesn't. That color is the standard translucent red/pink deleted comments color over the dark gray M.SFF background.
    – Kevin
    May 21, 2014 at 16:53
  • Reproduced on Literature.
    – Mithical
    Mar 10, 2017 at 12:06

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I just encountered this on The Workplace (and then looked for it on Mi Yodeya to verify it's cross-site), then started to post the bug report and found this question. This is new behavior for me (I'm pretty sure!), though the OP reports that it's been broken on SciFi since this bug was reported in 2014.

Here are some screen shots with a little less eyeball-bleed:

The Workplace:

Workplace example

Mi Yodeya: Mi Yodeya example

  • Never went away for scifi, might have gone away for a while with the redesign that went out for most sites.
    – Kevin
    Aug 7, 2015 at 23:17
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    @Kevin hmm, ok. I don't think it's been like this all along on my sites, but maybe it has and I was ignoring it until coming back after a week on mobile and seeing it fresh. FWIW, Mi Yodeya doesn't have the new design yet (but The Workplace does). Aug 7, 2015 at 23:19

This has been fixed. Going forward, only the question asker's comments (and "deleted by" records) will have the added background.


This actually seems to be even more important now, because it seems to control the presence of “undelete”:

  • comments deleted by former moderators can’t be undeleted
  • comments deleted by flags meeting the criteria for automatic deletion can’t be undeleted

I’ve run into this with a few invalid auto-deletions that I couldn’t reverse.

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