As far as I'm aware all posts of any permabanned users are deleted these days. Haven't really kept on eye on who's getting banned much, but it seems that way from the little do know at least.
Although even if it were just spam bots/alts, my 2nd point still stands. VGC isn't good at dealing with deleted posts. It messes up threads, unread messages and probabyl some other stuff. Now when that was an issue (in a only a couple of places I might add) because ioi was cheating to get a milestone post that was a different matter. For starters that was ioi, but also it was kind of a funny reason and a one off. It was contained to one (or a select few?) thread and that's it. Seems much more widespread now and without the funny back story.
Snoopys post are still there. https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/profile/126458/snoopy/posts/#content
The others I can't tell original from alt. So I never checked. Like Bonzinga is an alt and still has his posts.
I've had no trouble with threads. Sure they will be orange and say "0" but I click them and they work.
- Deadliest mass shooting by an individual in US history (10/01/2017)
- Deadliest high school shooting in US history (02/14/2018)
- Deadliest massacre of Jews in US history (10/27/2018)
- Political assassination attempt of TWO former presidents(and 10+ other people) (10/23/2018 - and beyond)