Why is deletion of images permanent ?
Because it's more complicated to store them in a restricted-access
deletion queue, and no such queue has been implemented yet.
Is there a good reason it is so while articles
may be restored ?
Article undeletion was a much higher priority, and also essentially
easier to do (as it doesn't require moving and hiding actual files,
merely shuffling data between tables). Therefore it was implemented much
Is there a solution other than retrieving lost
images on our mirrors ?
We have complete backups of the image upload directories, and can
restore files from backup if they are not available elsewhere.
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com