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I have put really a lot of effort into Stack Overflow and Server Fault and tried to help people. Without expecting anything. I also had a great experience when I myself had a problem and received a lot of help.

However it feels to me as if the community has changed. Especially on Server Fault.

Asking a valid question is more likely to receive humiliating comments rather than helpful answers. Basically you already have to be an expert and know the exact answer to what problem you have to put the question right.

It feels like people and moderators try more to find reasons to close questions than to answer them. I don't want to participate in that community any more.

And, even though I know that this is kind of childish, I don't want my answers and content on it any more.

Can I remove it?

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marked as duplicate by jadarnel27, Toon Krijthe, Rory, Martijn Pieters, animuson Dec 13 '12 at 22:44

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What are you mad about, specifically? Maybe we can make it better. –  Asad Dec 13 '12 at 16:39
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P.s. if it's just this question which sparked you desire to leave, perhaps just step back for a while. Let things cool down and come back in a couple of days. That might put the situation in a different light. –  Bart Dec 13 '12 at 16:50
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I upvoted this because I agree with your opinion on the way many of the SE communities have been changing. I participate in the sites because I like to help people, and hate seeing so many decent questions getting closed/deleted just because they don't fit some increasingly narrow set of guidelines that are supposed to make define a "good question". –  Rachel Dec 13 '12 at 16:58
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@jadarnel27 This is not a duplicate of that question. It's not asking how to delete an account, it's asking if you can remove your content along with account deletion :) –  Rachel Dec 13 '12 at 19:23
    
@Rachel You're right, there's probably a better dupe target (but it's still a dupe). –  jadarnel27 Dec 13 '12 at 20:25
    
This, maybe? Who owns the content I post? –  jadarnel27 Dec 13 '12 at 20:41
    
@Rachel: Now that question covers it. :) –  animuson Dec 13 '12 at 22:49
    
@Rachel: I 100% agree with you. –  Jim G. Dec 14 '12 at 5:22
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If you have gripes with a site, it's better to take it up on the site meta before bringing it to MSO. ServerFault and SuperUser has a meta site, as do all other sites in the SE network. –  tombull89 Dec 14 '12 at 8:52

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While I can't comment on your experiences on Server Fault (I don't participate there and perhaps it's something better addressed on their Meta), I do hope you stay around. Having users leave for whatever reason is never a good thing.

That said, no, your content can't be removed. You can have it disassociated from you (which will happen upon account deletion anyway, should you chose to go this route. Do reconsider though). But the content is irrevocably licensed to the site.

Within the Terms of Service under subscriber content (section 3) it states:

You agree that all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is perpetually and irrevocably licensed to Stack Exchange under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license.

Childishness aside, you have agreed to these terms of service when signing up. So you can't just take "your content" with you as you leave.

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thanks, thats what i wanted to know. thanks for the additional information of the disassociation with the account. –  Joe Hopfgartner Dec 13 '12 at 18:01

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