A work of fiction: A user by the name Rich has been committing insidious crimes by creating multiple accounts. At the same time, he has been preserving some qualities of a decent citizen, by answering questions, and thus earning rep points. Now, with enough medicine and illegal drugs, he has been fully rehabilitated and decided to pursue a healthy career on stackoverflow.
He's making a step forward, will SO moderator board give him another chance, and another life?
Let's consider the following cases:
- A user's account has been deleted; a good example is nefarious Sasha. The user wants to comeback with his original account (minus malicious posts), and his points, as opposed to starting afresh. Can he or she do that, assuming (s)he provides enough medical evidence to prove absence of mental degeneration and other similar conditions? As we learned in this post, the criminal can recover the account.
- A deleted user did comeback, under a different account, and for months has been showing a improvements. Can his/her deleted account be combined with the new one?
- A user created a several accounts and has been using them (I dare to say, illegally). Now, he decided that a life of a criminal is a no-no, and therefore decided to stop. But he cannot chose which account should represent his true and reformed identity, as they all have rep, questions... after-all he wants to be able to keep track of his old questions. Can these accounts be combined?
Please do NOT turn this discussion into a finger-pointing!