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I just tried to find a recent answer I wrote (or comment, can't remember), but I couldn't. I assume the question was deleted. Can the deleted:1 operator be enabled to 10k users? We can see deleted posts, so why can't we at least target them in search?

I understand that allowing us to search for all deleted posts from someone else can be problematic. Quoting Yannis Rizos' comments:

if deleted:1 becomes available to 10K+ users there should be a restriction on coupling it with a user id (except perhaps when you are searching for your own deleted posts).

So, user:<userID> deleted:1 would be disallowed (except for your own user id), but something like [tag] deleted:1 would be allowed.

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See also Can we have an isdeleted:1 search option/operator?, although that wasn't asking for a restriction to 10k users, which I think makes sense. –  Brad Larson Aug 27 '12 at 14:59
    
Interesting answer by Adam Davis there. I understand why we don't have deleted posts on our profile listings, but maybe the 10k restriction I suggest is still an acceptable compromise. –  bfavaretto Aug 27 '12 at 16:15
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@bfavaretto user:<userID> deleted:1 is essentially the same thing as seeing deleted posts on a user's profile, if deleted:1 becomes available to 10K+ users there should be a restriction on coupling it with a user id (except perhaps when you are searching for your own deleted posts). –  Yannis Aug 31 '12 at 15:09
    
@YannisRizos Fair enough, I'd be happy to be able to search my own posts only. –  bfavaretto Aug 31 '12 at 15:43
    
Hm, not what I meant, I don't have a problem with 10K users searching for deleted posts (I've upvoted this), but there should be a restriction for searching for a specific user's deleted posts. But I don't see why there would be a problem for searches like for example [tag] deleted:1. –  Yannis Aug 31 '12 at 15:51
    
@YannisRizos Nice idea! May I incorporate that into the feature-request? –  bfavaretto Aug 31 '12 at 15:55
    
By all means, if you think it will help the feature. –  Yannis Aug 31 '12 at 15:56
    
Personally I'd be in favor for searching for your own deleted posts as 10k. Searching for other deleted posts not necessarily yours (such as [tag] deleted:1) ought to be 20k. –  Jeff Mercado Sep 1 '12 at 0:08

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