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When an account is deleted, the username in the user's posts and comments is changed to a generic user<userID>. But the username stays the same on close and delete notifications on posts the user had voted to close / delete1. I think it shouldn't, especially for users who used their real name as their username, if they chose to distance themselves from the site and remove their accounts, it makes sense that they wouldn't really want their name plastered on close and delete notifications.

A perhaps easy way to avoid the actual username remaining visible would be to change it to the generic user<userID> (or anything generic enough, like "anonymous") prior to deletion, and wait a bit for the generic username to propagate all over the site. If I'm not horribly misreading this answer, this was part of the process in the old days.

This could be automated or added as a suggestion to the account deletion help page.

1 I've seen it on close notifications and self deleted answers. I'm not sure it happens on deleted questions, or deleted answers that aren't self deletions, and I don't have a way to verify it - other than stumbling on them accidentally

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It happens in deleted questions as well. I see no reason why it would be different in deleted answers. – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 16 '12 at 16:36
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Yes, I was pretty sure it did (the footnote is a later addition), but didn't really have evidence to back it up. – Yannis Nov 16 '12 at 16:46
It also remains in the @ notifications in comments and chat. – Lorem Ipsum Nov 16 '12 at 23:51
@yoda I know, but I don't really care about @comments and chat. Close notifications are far more visible. – Yannis Nov 16 '12 at 23:53
@YannisRizos It's not about what you pick and choose to care about. If you're making the case that if a user wishes to disassociate from the site for whatever reason then they should be disassociated everywhere, you should also insist on chat and comments being anonymized. Otherwise, there is no credibility to the request as it is not based on principle, but rather to serve some localized need. – Lorem Ipsum Nov 17 '12 at 0:01
@yoda How should chat user and content removals be handled? - and there's another request for @comments that was a bit meh. Can't seem to find it now, though. Also, I don't care ;) It's the visible elements that concern me, and the principle of the request isn't so much about removing the name, as for the name to not remain on (superficially) negative actions. Someone unfamiliar with the site might think that all the user did was close and delete. – Yannis Nov 17 '12 at 0:08
Note that their username will persist on CW posts if they are the ones who have made the most changes there. For some reason, the displayed username on CW posts doesn't change on rename.. :/ – Manishearth Feb 16 '13 at 4:41
Indeed, @Mr.PeanutMonopolyMcManish, see Do old usernames stick to CW posts by design? (And now this very comment also shows your December 2013 username until the end of times...!) – Arjan Dec 28 '13 at 14:08
The title confused me a bit because, at least now, the user's name is changed internally before the deletion, but (apparently?) doesn't remove remove it from these other locations. Consider updating it to something like "Further anonymize deleted accounts by removing usernames from close/delete messages" – Jeremy Banks May 12 '15 at 7:56

I would agree with doing so, it also shows as for who proposes something on Area 51, more on that here.

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