Thanks for this.
I remembered seeing it first with John. I thought he was banned for repeated blatant racism, rather than a requested ban. I didn't care enough about the user and didn't disagree with the ban itself so never brought it up at the time. But I assumed that was the method of perma-banning people, that all of their posts would be deleted and I thought it set a bad precedent for the future. So then when I logged in yesterday and saw a thread with - posts it raised those concerns again.
I think Talon's idea for replacing posts with "account deleted" would be a much better implementation too. I'd still rather it not be done, but if it was only at user's request as you've said then I'd have no reason to complain about it.
I don't care so much about it being used on spam bots, so I can deal with that. Was just worrying to think the mod team had changed direction to permanently remove all posts fo those they banned. I'm glad to see the few instances of that weren't intentional and that that's not what the mod team is doing.
Yup, I wouldn't be comfortable with it either unless someone posted like, illegal shit. It also screws up moderation history (we no longer have the posts) which will make it harder to see exactly what someone was banned for if they decide to create an alt.
And of course there's the thread angle, the current deletion method isn't suited very well to deleting thousands of comments at once so we won't use this one anymore, the issue is technically it is against the law IIRC to not have a method of deletion but we could also say we don't own this site, we aren't Ioi, that is his responsibility...We have far more important updates to do to the site so who knows when a proper method will come.