While it's sometimes useful for moderators to be aware when someone hits the delete limit it's more useful to know if they've hit it for the second or third time in as many days.
A person deleting a few zero or low scoring posts on one day is probably just cleaning up their account.
If they are deleting high scoring posts or hitting the delete limit on successive days then that is possibly indicative that they are trying to quit the site or otherwise deface useful content.
To that end I'd like to suggest some improvements to the "possible vandalism - deletions" flag.
- Indicate whether the post being deleted is a question or answer. Actually I'd question the need to raise this flag on questions. If the question can be deleted (no answers or only one zero scored answer) then should we really be bothered that the user is deleting them?
- Show the score of the post being deleted (for both questions and, more importantly, answers) and/or discount negatively scored answers.
- Show how many competing answers there are (for answers only, obviously). It's less of a problem if someone is deleting one of 10 answers, but if their's is the only answer then it's potentially more serious.
- Only raise the flag if the combined score of the posts deleted is greater than some threshold - possibly 5.
- Only raise the flag if this is the second time in as many days that they've hit the delete limit - regardless of the score of the posts.
This will help the moderators as then we'll know that there is potentially something serious going on. It will also help users who are genuinely just trying to clean up the site by removing unnecessary content as they'll know that they're not going to attract the attention of the moderators.