This question arose in another thread here, and don't wish to see that thread hijacked further, so moved here.
For an example, Tipard is constantly bombarding this site with their sollutions, and was told that most of their posts are "soft deleted" (meaning their posts are only visible to mods). Response given was along the lines of
Because that is how we do things around here. No-one can see them except for the Mods anyway.
No offence intended to Crunchie, but that answer doesn't cut it. The problem is, while you may "soft delete" these spammings, a search for the term "Tipard" still brings a stream of results, each with enough summarised info, that even if the entire post cannot be viewed, the Tipard guys still get a leg-in on the site.
Now I can see where "soft deletions" could serve a purpose, but when we are dealing with serial spammers, why not just go all the way and delete ALL reference to their works? Not trying to be b1tchy, but I just don't see why they deserve even the slightest reference to a post which should be fully removed on sight.