Sun 22nd January 2012, 2:20pm
QUOTE(carbuncle @ Sun 22nd January 2012, 5:40am)
Unlike most WP editors, admins can view deleted contributions. The suggestion that non-admins should be able to view deleted edits was shut down
by Mike Godwin. (This was before it was possible to "oversight" edits, so perhaps someone needs to raise the question again, though I suspect a good number of admins would be unwilling to lose any part of their special status just on principle.) It isn't completely clear how deleted contributions are meant to be handled. Some admins will provide one's own deleted contributions upon request. It is unlikely that admins would provide other editor's deleted contributions, but I am not sure if there is any policy that covers this.
Having said that, I doubt that admins are meant to go trawling through the deleted contributions of editors who have been associated with a particular company, and then post the details on their blog
Wider access to deleted material, or admins publishing it, has to be one enormous NO NO.
Everyking was desysopped for threatening to do what Tom has just done.
There are really good reasons for this. Lots of things are deleted, attacks, slandars, or things that might or might not be. Once deleted material is "available", then the need to monitor what is there, and remove via oversight what is bad will skyrocket. Once you do that, you'll need 40 more overseers - making that form of deletion much less secure (because it will be read by many). But one any attack page is oversighted, the demands for more admins to be able to read oversighted material for transparency will increase.
You'll end up with wider access to the oversighted edits, and demands that some edits are so bad that they need removed from the view of the now larger ranks of overseers.
If removed material is safe to be seen by joe public then it should be left in the history. Deleted material is limited to admins, and really bad stuff limited to a dozen overseers and staff. There is wisdom in that.
The only argument I'd see would be to give the ability to see deleted edits to very longstanding editors who are not admins.
Tom needs to remove that material.