For Bounty: Either a satisfactory explanation for why it's better not to see deleted items or a plan for it to be returned.
Before the "Links" moderator tools page got reworked a few weeks ago, the "New Answers to Old Questions" page used to show deleted answers. It now appears to filter out those answers.
This prevents me from knowing when I've "caught up". (when, 5 pages in, I see a flurry of deleted answers, I consider it safe to assume that other people have spent some time on these older answers.) Being unable to do this now somehow disincentivizes me from perusing the list. I would greatly prefer that deleted answers still show up in the list of answers.
If there is a good reason for this change, may I inquire what that reason was?