I’ve been doing some refactoring lately meaning to improve overall maintainability of code (and hopefully even bring us into something close to ES6) and I’m feeling that combined (unexpanded) mode doesn’t really bring that much to the table to validate its continued existence.
For people who want to see a concise headlines list there’s classic multipanel mode, with optional widescreen layout. For people who want to scroll down (like myself) there’s combined (expanded) mode which has been the default for years now.
The fact that it’s a lump of ugly special case ancient code doesn’t help either. Anyway, if you’ve been using that one, say your farewells.