I believe in 0.58.0 and earlier the indicator was actually below the input. Its a very recent change where we moved it up.
As you might be aware we’ve been giving Rocket.Chat a pretty big facelift kind of piece by piece.
I know this particular choice was as a result of the redesign. I think might have been influenced by a few regular issues encountered.
Primarily around there just not being enough real-estate.
Imagine you have a case where you are on mobile web. Tiny amount of space, and then you have two people typing at the same time you are.
aaron.ogle and someonewithalongusername are also typing
I can definitely understand the desire to remove the whitespace. Its especially noticeable when scrolling
I’ve create an issue to look into it: https://github.com/RocketChat/Rocket.Chat/issues/9214