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I've just noticed, if somebody deletes one of his Stack Exchange accounts, his username is replaced. That's pretty nice, but comments aren't updated and still reveal the original username "@username message goes here". I think that should be updated, too.

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Those aren't updated either when a user simply changes the username, making the situation a bit trickier. I guess it would involve the developers the make comments more important that we currently consider them to be. – Bart Jan 18 '13 at 3:05
What about if people have just used their username without an @? – AakashM Jan 18 '13 at 9:29

I think there's a misconception here. There is no right to having the history of your data changed on this site.

If you contribute, you make that content available to Stack Exchange. This means that you should choose well what you post and what you don't post, just as if you'd post it publicly.

In selected cases, you might get the network to remove your content, but that's them just being nice, they are not required to do that.

And modifying the content of other people that communicated with you seems wrong.

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While I'm not arguing to change the handling of comments, we do tell people (as part of the CC license) that they can disassociate from content they contributed (not remove it). I don't think it's unreasonable for someone to think that means all content, not just posts. – Monica Cellio Jan 18 '13 at 15:11

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