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Given that I find Meta to be a very hostile site, I want to delete my account here, but I want to keep my Stack Overflow account. How can I do this?

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Perhaps use or the link at the very bottom of that page to contact the right people. I would include a message that you want it to affect Meta only. – Bart Nov 3 '12 at 7:34
You do realise that the people here on this hostile site are the same people from the SO site? – Mr Lister Nov 3 '12 at 7:35
@Bart, I've seen that link before, but I believe it will also affect my Stackoverflow account. – Marcelo Nov 3 '12 at 7:37
Then use the contact link at the bottom perhaps? I would suggest you rather not rage-quit, but that's up to you. People disagreed with your idea, that's all. And the downvotes you received indicated precisely that. Nothing more. – Bart Nov 3 '12 at 7:37
@MrLister Not necessarily, MSO doubles as the network Meta. For example, I don't really participate on SO, yet here I am. – Yannis Nov 3 '12 at 7:38
@YannisRizos Yeah, but you're just weird. :) – Bart Nov 3 '12 at 7:38
Filling out the form that Bart linked to will cause your account to be denormalized and no longer associated with you. Any positively voted posts will remain, but show an anonymous user such as user234567 as the author. You can always make a new account if you find a bug that needs reporting, or some other need to use the site again. – Tim Post Nov 3 '12 at 7:40
@MrLister The crowd on Meta is very different. Folks who participate here a lot tend to be mods (on SO and elsewhere) and the more - hmmm - "engaged" members of SO, who for whatever reason, also tend to be more hostile, which is unfortunate. – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 3 '12 at 8:43
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Although in this case the users were not hostile. There were admittedly downvotes to a feature-request. Arguments as to why it might not be the best idea. But that was it. – Bart Nov 3 '12 at 8:47
@Bart, As I said in a previous comment, I think there should be a separate agree/disagree voting system independent of reputation. I am used to helping others in SO, and I am not used to being voted down. That's why my conflict here, on Meta. I do not claim that people were rude or impolite, but I think that 8 down-votes to a suggestion or feature request which was intended to be constructive is rather hostile. Perhaps the addition of the [feature-request] tag could automatically create a couple of extra buttons for agree/disagree, independent of reputation. – Marcelo Nov 3 '12 at 8:54
@Bart I believe this question also helped. What the hell, people? Why pile on nine downvotes on a guy who's just trying to help? – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 3 '12 at 8:55
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ I stand corrected. That's a bit of a WTF indeed. I personally wouldn't come close to downvoting such a question. – Bart Nov 3 '12 at 8:57
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Yeah, I'm not very proud of the reception Marcelo received. We can do better. – Tim Post Nov 3 '12 at 10:24
Oh man, that really stinks. – Pëkka Nov 3 '12 at 10:32
+1 Good question. I was also taken aback by the hostility (to use NullUserExeption's word) on Meta after I asked a dumb question. But I did receive upvotes, presumably from those with a sense of the unfairness, not on the merits of the question, which not not have much merit. – Joseph Quinsey Nov 3 '12 at 22:28
up vote 8 down vote accepted

First, an account is never really purged, it is denormalized. The following spaghettification takes place once your request is processed:

  • All posts by you will be denormalized. This means that an anonymous user gravatar and name such as user123456 will be shown as the author of your posts.
  • All posts that have a zero or lower score will be deleted
  • You will no longer have a user profile, the user card displayed under any posts that were not deleted will not link to a profile.
  • Unicorns will weep as you wave goodbye and go back to the real world

To initiate the process, fill out this form. Note, the fields automatically default to your meta profile, only your meta account will be affected. We do require that you provide a short explanation of why you wish to denormalize your account, and that you change the contents of your profile description to:

Please delete me

Your request will then be forwarded to our community team for processing. Moderators do have the ability to do this as well (provided that your account does not have a lot of reputation), but we really prefer that you go through the official channel.

If, however you do not see action or receive a response from the community team within a reasonable amount of time (a few days is a good start for reasonable), you can flag one of your posts as 'other' and request that a community mod follow up on, or grant your request.

Still, I encourage you to put some thought into it if you have not done so already. Meta is our official support and bug channel. While you are always welcome to make a new account if you find the need to use meta in the future, it's preferable if you just keep the one you have - no matter how battle scarred and charred it may be. Believe it or not, Meta is a lot less strange than it used to be.

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On a personal note, voting either way on a request such as this seems like insult to injury to me, so I didn't vote. However, I'm sorry to see that you had such a rough time. – Tim Post Nov 3 '12 at 8:26
thanks for your answer. I'll take your and Bart's advice and sleep on it for a day or two before deleting the account. – Marcelo Nov 3 '12 at 12:16
This question had been deleted. Why did it come back?… – Marcelo Nov 7 '12 at 16:46

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