I recently reached 10k reputation on Stack Overflow, and noticed that I now have the ability to view deleted posts with
deleted:1 via the search bar. I'd like clarification as to why the restriction exists that prevents me from searching through all deleted posts?
I feel like this would be beneficial for several reasons:
- SmokeDetector, a bot that was designed to detect spam, allows users to add keywords/regex to a blacklist to help fight spam. Having
deleted:1as an option could offer a second link to show the amount of true positives, to determine if it's worth adding to a blacklist. In this case, the domain v-play.net was deemed as "Too many FP's". Having a check to see how many TP's there may be, may outweigh the number of false-positives, and would give a better view.
- Bots are currently unable to view deleted posts through the API (Even if the linked user account/API user has >10k reputation). I think that this is partially because of this restriction. I had brought it up here, because I thought that having SmokeDetector log a (non-caught) rude/abuse or spam posts would be beneficial, so that we could adapt our methods to catch these types of posts in the future.
- This question was posted earlier today. I remembered it was similar to another post I came across, but was unable to find it because it was already deleted. Being able to search deleted posts would have allowed me to catch this behavior, and bring it up to the mods (I was lucky that someone else had a link for it, and we were able to advise the user what to do in the future).
- As a member of SOBotics, I come across a lot of posts that are borderline spammy (via Natty) which I have a vague recollection of seeing before. Instead of flagging as spam, I usually vote NAA as to not nuke a user, but by being able to search deleted posts for that user, I can see if he is habitually continuing to post links to his product/service, and flag for custom moderation attention in case.
Overall, I think it would add a lot more visibility that could be helpful in bringing problematic issues to dimaond moderator attention, something that was specifically mentioned in the privilege page:
Make sure what is being deleted should have been deleted, and bring unnecessary or harmful deletions to the attention of the community and/or moderator team.
Additionally, I think that
deleted:1 is almost useless in the current state it's in. If the restriction exists that I can already view my own deleted posts, why shouldn't it be available to all users (If it's limited to one's self), as I can already view my own deleted posts?