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I have my own reasons to deactivate the account. I need to deactivate it for now and reactivate it later. How can I do it? I already tried writing "please delete me" in my about me and also filled up the form for which I was supposed to receive mail but the account is not deleted. Why?

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Because deletions require a human and at christmas time perhaps people are on holiday for a while? – Martijn Pieters Dec 23 '12 at 21:29
"deactivate it for now and reactivate it later" - there's no way to do this though; a deletion is final – Pëkka Dec 23 '12 at 21:30
ok so how can i delete it.....i followed the steps but it is not working..... – Kripesh Dec 23 '12 at 21:31
Just give it a bit of time. As Martijn said, deletion requires human oversight. It is currently Christmastime in the western world and, additionally, a weekend, so requests are likely to take some time – Pëkka Dec 23 '12 at 21:31
ok....thank you for the response – Kripesh Dec 23 '12 at 21:33
Do you have any hats you have to get rid of first? – Chris Gerken Dec 24 '12 at 22:42
If its irreversible then I will keep this account.....@Chris Geken....Sorry, i did not understand your question!! – Kripesh Dec 25 '12 at 2:01

Deleting your account is not the same as deactivating it.

Deletions are basically irreversible. We cannot restore your account for you if you decided to delete it but then changed your mind.

We currently don't have a way to do what you want at all. If you don't want to use your account right now, but think you'll need it again in the future, your best bet is to just walk away and let it sit for a while.

(Note that we have some automated account cleanups, so if you go inactive for too long and meet any of those criteria, your account might get deleted anyway.)

That being said... I don't see any emails from you. I'll have to check to make sure our help form is working properly. But in the meantime, let me know in comments here what you'd like to do - delete your account or keep it.

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