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I've recently been trying to make the Recently Deleted section of the 10k tools a semi-regular port of call for auditing site moderation, and I find it to be rather less useful than it could be.

At present, it just offers an unstructured list:

However, there's several channels that end up here, and they have different auditing requirements, so here's a request:

  • Please add a middle column indicated whether the deletion was enacted by the OP, by a moderator, via a review queue (ideally with a link to the review), by community members directly on the post, or via automated deletion by the Community bot (in which case marking out, via an acronym or something, the RemoveAbandonedClosed / etc. channel in use).

This doesn't sound like a huge performance load or a huge chunk of code (but then again, don't they always) and it would make the list much easier to parse, particularly when it has long stretches of automated deletions mixed in with manual deletions that require more attention.

  • What do we mean by "auditing site moderation" here, exactly? Asking as a mod (though not on this site, whatever it is) – Journeyman Geek Oct 11 '17 at 12:25
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    Just having a look at what got deleted and making sure that nothing got trampled that shouldn't have, particularly via community and queue deletions. Not the formal auditing mechanism as in bigger sites. – E.P. Oct 11 '17 at 12:28
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    The current design is made even more frustrating by the fact that every time you go to that page, including if you click through to something and then come back, the list is collapsed so you only see three items. So you keep having to expand the list and find where you were again. – Monica Cellio Oct 11 '17 at 15:13
  • @MonicaCellio That's OK, though ─ it's not like it's a list that's meant to be used in a "here's a bunch of items that need a brief look, and then you come back here for the next item" kinda way. – E.P. Oct 11 '17 at 16:00
  • I'm not following. Right now I have to click through to see what happened, even what kind of deletion it was. Then I come back and, blam, my expanded list is gone again. (How do you use that list?) Your proposal gives me useful information before clicking, which will reduce that pain. – Monica Cellio Oct 11 '17 at 16:40
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    @MonicaCellio That last comment may or may not have been as full of sarcasm as I could make it ;-). (That said, I normally open a bunch of new tabs in batches, but I think your usage is perfectly reasonable and your frustration is perfectly legitimate.) – E.P. Oct 11 '17 at 16:46
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    Oh, a failed Detect Sarcasm roll -- got it. Yeah, I'd rather not have to spawn tabs for every "quick look" that I want to take; I spawn tabs when I'm going to need to do something more substantial but don't want to do it right this instant. – Monica Cellio Oct 11 '17 at 17:27

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