The ApiQueryDeletedrevs module has issues: since it's a list module rather
than a prop module, it isn't handled correctly by the simplified
continuation, it doesn't support input of specific revids, and so on.
Gerrit change 168646 deprecates list=deletedrevs in favor of two new
* list=alldeletedrevisions will query the deleted revisions in a namespace
and/or for a user.
* prop=deletedrevisions will work like prop=revisions, querying deleted
revisions for a page, or specific revisions requested using action=query's
For the latter to work properly, the revids parameter will now recognize
deleted revision IDs as valid if the querying user has the 'deletedhistory'
user right; before this change deleted revision IDs were treated as
These changes should be deployed to WMF wikis with 1.25wmf7, see
for the schedule.
At some point in the future, limited information from the archive table may
be made available to all users, as is already done on Tool Labs. If that
happens, recognition of deleted revision IDs as valid for the revids
parameter will likely be extended to all users.
Brad Jorsch (Anomie)