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So moderators just got the ability to provide custom reasons when they ban users from review. Often, these bans are due to specific very bad reviews, like approving spam or non-answers. It will be common for us to give links to these bad reviews in the ban message that the reviewers will be presented with.

However, many of these reviewers lack the necessary reputation to see deleted posts. If we're banning someone from review for approving spam or non-answers, almost all of the time those posts will be deleted. If we give them links to the reviews they performed, they won't see the now-deleted posts that they approved, and won't have a chance to learn what they did wrong.

As examples of this, I had to actually take a screenshot to show the reviewers here and here the posts that triggered their ban, because they could no longer see them.

I propose that reviewers of any reputation level be able to see posts that they reviewed, even ones that were later deleted, if they are presented with a link to their review. They already saw the post once, so there's no harm in showing it to them again, and reviewers are going to need to see why they made a bad call on a particular review.

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I'd even go so far as to say deleted content should always be visible to everyone, but with "deleted" styling, via /review. Sure it would be a "back door" to the content, but there's no point exposing the review and its results without the reviewed material. –  Josh Caswell Apr 10 '14 at 18:17
This also allows people like me who have failed a review audit to reread deleted post to learn why they failed the audit. See meta.stackoverflow.com/q/253582/220060. –  nalply Aug 5 '14 at 12:14
related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/192899/… –  Meehow Oct 1 '14 at 8:05
@JoshCaswell: there can be good reasons to delete something, why do you want to forbid that? For example some sensitive data or a comment about my employers. It could be a great problem if everyone can still see it later even if i've "deleted" it. That's the only purpose of the reputation system on stackoverflow. –  Tim Schmelter Feb 13 at 16:48
@TimSchmelter - Deleted comments are not visible to anyone, and wouldn't be under this proposal. Posts that contain sensitive information (medical records, credit card numbers, etc.) get hard-deleted from the database and cannot be accessed by anyone under any conditions. Josh is only suggesting that anything which was present in review at one time be viewable later if you happen to have a direct link to the review case. That won't be searchable or viewable in any other way. –  Brad Larson Feb 13 at 18:01

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