Before a moderator gets on me for this, I was planning on posting this in the Suggestions thread, but figured it might have enough discussion value to merit its own individual thread.
When a user decides to deactivate their account, their posts and walls are hidden. I have no dissension with deactivation; users have their own personal reasons for deactivating their accounts, and I respect that. As of right now, if I understand correctly, only staff members can view the walls of and reactivate deactivated accounts. My question: should moderators with the power to ban and deactivate users be given the power to view their walls and reactivate their accounts if needed?
The upside is that, should a user decide to come back, which I take it has happened a few times in the past (most recently with Syndic, it seems), a moderator could easily reactivate their account and save the user the trouble of contacting an administrator who is likely to be busy. Of course, it may be an extraneous function, as choosing to deactivate your account and, in turn, hide your posts and wall, symbolizes an aura of finality to your time on the site. There is not much reason for a user to wish to return using their old account, and thus the feature may go unused by moderators and just end up an obviating task for James. Moderators could also be busy, but I’m sure that there are enough of them that at least one could spare a couple of seconds to necro an account.
For this thread, I pose the topic of conversation: is it reasonable to give moderators with the power to deactivate users the ability to reactivate users? I’m just interested in hearing the viewpoints of other users and moderators, and maybe a staff member or two, if we’re lucky.