Can you guess which of these closed posts are deleted?

Screenshot from https://meta.stackexchange.com/review/close/history

This screenshot is taken from https://meta.stackexchange.com/review/close/history. Several of the posts in this screenshot are deleted, for good reasons. As it currently stands there is no way to see which posts are deleted, and which aren't. Can the difference be made visible?

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    Yes please. Very rough sketch of how I would like to see it, even using the new design. :-) Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 11:12
  • AFAIK, these were marked in red, like on your user activity page.
    – Braiam
    Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 15:24
  • Is this for close review queue only, or all queues?
    – zcoop98
    Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 21:34
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    @zcoop98: Personally, I'm guessing the request applies to all queues, since the same behavior seems to be true of all queues.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 0:44
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    Just wanted to add that as a >10k user, I do see deleted posts differentiated in the list, eg. when I view a queue history on Stack Overflow (with 2k rep), deleted post titles are just text, and not linked.
    – zcoop98
    Commented Feb 28, 2022 at 21:02

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Great suggestion and thanks for the mockup Shadow. This shipped on prod and now looks like this when viewing deleted posts that show up in the review task history:

Review Task History Records with deleted indicator

  • We appreciate the changes, but instead of such a large indicator and text would it be better if it were simply a red square with the white can; or one of these Unicode characters: ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ , ๐Ÿšฎ , โŒ , ๐Ÿ”ด , or ๐Ÿ”ป ? --- Here is a new mockup: i.sstatic.net/8HtIm.png
    – Rob
    Commented Apr 9, 2022 at 15:38
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    @Rob whoops, this is on me. blush Commented Apr 10, 2022 at 13:04
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    Reasonable Idea @Rob - Icons without text can be hard to read/distinguish. We did go through a couple design cycles on this internally just to think through what made the most sense. I'll bring it back to the team, but my guess is we'd rather have it. Two things that I think are in favor of dropping it is that trash bin is reasonable well understood, and this page is mostly for super users who can learn what symbols mean what. But as far as a design system, it's not super extensible if it just works in a one off case.
    – KyleMit StaffMod
    Commented Apr 11, 2022 at 12:31
  • KyleMit, please note that I moved the text from the icon to a separate text area. It is better design to not repeat the same wording when it can be summarized (condensed) and actually explained in full. It leaves more space for the title (what you came to see) and it allows for text translation (without having to draw several icons for all our supported languages) which is easier to update. The small trashcan seems less jarring (garish) than the huge icon, whose purpose is not only obvious but completely explained in the upper right.
    – Rob
    Commented Apr 11, 2022 at 17:11
  • An additional benefit: if no posts have been deleted the upper right text indicates that the icon would be available, but is missing; perhaps some deleting is in order (by vote, or moderator) - otherwise a page without any deleted posts would leave the user wondering if the feature had been implemented on the site yet, with the upper right text it is certain.
    – Rob
    Commented Apr 11, 2022 at 17:13
  • P.S. I think users who don't have the privilege to see deleted posts will not be shown hyperlinks of the deleted posts. Commented Oct 31, 2022 at 18:25

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