Now and then a user will delete their own posts; if they do this too much, they’ll get caught at it. Similarly, if they vandalize their own posts by replacing them with garbage, they’ll get caught if they do that too much.
In both cases the system raises a moderator flag about it based on the frequency. This algorithmic recognition that there’s a problem seems to indicate that content destruction is not considered kosher.
Here’s the question: is there any policy about vandalizing one’s own posts after one has deleted them? Is this case in any way different from the previous two and therefore something that should be tolerated across the network, or is it instead something that either the system or an alert user should flag when they find it happening?
I’m searched for previous questions about this, and they seem to only explicitly cover the first two cases — either delete or vandalize, but not both. Do two wrongs make a right, or is this still vandalism and if so, what should users or moderators do when they encounter it?
Possible duplicate of What to do when an answer is deleted then disfigured by its author?
Shog’s answer there suggests that it’s ok to do this since it will “take up less space”. I don’t understand that: the revision history is still there, and now there’s another record with garbage on top of that. So I don’t understand how it could take up less space unless an employee purged the revision history — which seems like a really bad idea to me.
Ok, he’s clarified that he means screen space, not database space.