When a post is deleted as rude/abusive or spam, people who can see deleted posts don't see the content directly -- they have to click through a notice to see what lies beyond. If the post is a question we also obscure the title, lest somebody come across the deleted question. We take extra care with this content for the subset of users who can see it.
I'm here today to ask for help with user names. For several months, some sites have been getting attacked by a very persistent troll. The posts get flag-deleted quickly (thanks Smokey!), but the troll has lately been choosing offensive user names, which leaves our front page littered with "modified by (offensive name)" notices. Everybody sees this, unlike the deleted posts themselves. This is a big turnoff to the visitors we hope to attract and engage. It's pretty icky for site regulars too, but at least we know what's going on.
Moderators destroy these accounts on sight, but depending on time zones, holidays, Shabbat, or other time away, abusive users can live for anywhere from several hours to a few days. Trolls can and do take advantage of this.
Please close this loophole that lets trolls crap all over a site's front door. When a question is migrated and the user doesn't have an account yet, those questions just show up with a timestamp (no name). Can we do the same for the "modified" notices caused by red-flag-deleted posts -- "modified 2h ago", no name? Or do something else to get those names out of the modification notices? (I'm not averse to auto-destroying accounts that have only produced rude/spam posts if that turns out to be the best solution to this problem.)
This request applies to all user names attached to red-flag-deleted posts; I'm not proposing that we somehow try to determine which ones are offensive enough.
Please don't attribute them to Community, at least for logged-in users; that'd make them harder to find and clean up after, because Community owns bumps, anonymous edits, and probably some other things. I'm looking for a way to suppress offensive names while still enabling moderators to handle the accounts.