This question is not a duplicate of Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted (which I was aware of and referred to it below) in its current state. That post received a status-declined over 10 years ago and a lot has changed since then. All details are mentioned below.
It has always bugged me that the
deleted:1 operator has the following two restrictions combined:
- It can only be used to find one's own deleted posts.
- It's only available for users with 10k rep or higher.
I can see how allowing users to find deleted posts from other people could be problematic, but the second restriction doesn't really make much sense (at least to me) as long as the first one is enforced. I get that it might make some historical sense but I believe that it should be revisited.
If the reason behind this restriction is to avoid complaints from users about their deleted posts, there are two counterarguments to that:
Experience has shown that it's unlikely to have a major effect:
Jeff's concern with allowing people to see their own deleted content was that "it would lead to unbelievable amounts of whining." As we've relaxed the restrictions, that hasn't happened. Jeff was right to be worried, but as it turns out he was wrong about how people would respond. That's a real encouragement.
Users can already (more easily) see their recently deleted posts anyway. And it's more likely for someone to complain about a post that was recently deleted than whine about an old post.
Some benefits of removing this restriction:
- It will enable experienced users to search for their deleted posts on sites where they don't have 10k rep yet without workarounds that might not work for all posts.
- Enable post-banned users to find their own deleted posts without wasting the time of moderators (anyone can guide them to using the
deleted:1operator rather than having to wait for a moderator).