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Is it possible to recover an account that was explicitly deleted by a Stack Exchange team member (as opposed to an elected diamond moderator)? That is, the kind of account where the user requested the deletion, or committed atrocities against the community?

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For instance, Sasha's account? –  LeakyCode Sep 18 '09 at 14:41
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I hope Sasha's account was deleted, the disk written over 500 times to remove any magnetic traces, the drive platters melted down into formless lumps, and the lumps placed onto a rocket and shot into the sun. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Sep 18 '09 at 14:48
    
I'd be interested to know which account. There was probably a reason it was deleted. –  Marc Gravell Sep 18 '09 at 15:41
    
Looks like sasha's questions are still on SO. His return is unlikely, as he has already been awarded the highest honor by entering the SO's Hall of Fame -- per this post meta.stackexchange.com/questions/20675/… My question is general though! –  Andrei Sep 18 '09 at 18:04
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Yeah. His return is unlikely with that account name... but not that unlikely with new account names :) –  LeakyCode Sep 18 '09 at 19:45

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Yes, it's possible to recover a deleted account, but it requires "Jeff-level" access. Contact team@stackoverflow.com to get an account undeleted.

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LOL @ "Jeff-level access" –  LeakyCode Sep 18 '09 at 14:52
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How does one acquire Jeff Level access... would you need to acquire Jeff first? Hostage situation? –  devinb Sep 18 '09 at 14:59
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@devinb: It's not as complicated as all that. codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001262.html –  Bill the Lizard Sep 18 '09 at 15:01
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Please note as a default warning: Do not tempt the wrath of Jeff when asking to undelete.... He will do it, but will also most likely hold it against you for a week or two :) –  Diago Sep 18 '09 at 17:49
    
@Jeff: Could you please recover my Account. Chandru1 from Math.stackexchange.com –  S.C. Apr 11 '11 at 22:30
    
@Chandru1: You need to email your request to team@stackoverflow.com. –  Bill the Lizard Apr 11 '11 at 23:57
    
@Bill: I have emailed him, but no reply. Don't know whats the problem. If atleast he says what it is, I can understand. –  S.C. Apr 12 '11 at 2:51

Yes you can. I know I saw a reference to it somewhere.

EDIT

  • Thanks to Kyle for finding the reference I was looking for

  • Removed previous link as it was not relevant (thanks balpha)

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That one is about a lost OpenID, not a deleted SO account. –  balpha Sep 18 '09 at 14:44
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is this what you were thinking of? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11652/… –  Kyle Cronin Sep 18 '09 at 14:44
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I somehow thought that I would become infamous for this. –  Diago Sep 18 '09 at 17:38
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@Diago: You did go from "Please delete all my accounts." to "Moderator? Sure, why not?" awfully fast. :) –  Bill the Lizard Sep 19 '09 at 1:47
    
@Bill If I recall the current moderators had a lot to say with regards to that decision along with the community :) Although I will admit I never hid the fact that I would like to someday be a mod. –  Diago Oct 30 '09 at 21:28

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