Hey : D
The feedback is bueno.
So the platform we use here is in active development, so a lot of changes will roll out. And we did just update.
One reason we chose this platform is it has a great plugin/api interface https://meta.discourse.org/t/beginners-guide-to-creating-discourse-plugins/30515
As far as specific UI elements, there actually is a lot of discussion around these changes every day on the discourse boards. I would hesitate to suggest we try and implement a feature that was recently changed as part of the platform's development roadmap.
There might be a conversation already in place about this feature on their boards, and I've defiantly seen features put back in if the community requests it.
I would snoop around the UI a bit and see what they have done to replace this feature. Something tells me it was a design choice that probably was a good one? But I didn't use the reply as linked, so I'm afraid I can't comment well on this change.