Simon Willison’s Weblog


Soft Deletion Probably Isn't Worth It. Brandur argues that soft deletion—where you delete records by populating a “is_deleted” or “deleted_at” column in your table—isn’t worth the additional complexity and risk it adds to other database queries. Instead, he suggests having a separate deleted records table which records the deleted data in a JSON blob—allowing you to review and recover it manually if necessary, and giving you an easy way to expire deleted records that have exceeded your retention policy.