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  • Will inactive accounts be deleted?
  • If so, what happens to questions and answers made by those accounts?
  • What are the criteria for deletion?
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Source: the Stack Overflow blog

Accounts which are deemed to be abandoned will be deleted, and the user information on their questions and answers will be denormalized into text fields.

Cookie-based unregistered accounts will be deleted when:

  1. The user has not visited the site in six months

    AND

  2. The user has less than 50 reputation.

OpenID registered accounts will be deleted when:

  1. The user has not visited the site in six months

    AND

  2. The user has only 1 reputation (i.e. has never received an upvote)

See this blog post for further details/discussion.

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good summary...+1 – studiohack Apr 29 '10 at 14:50
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I'm assuming that suspended accounts are not counted as having 1 reputation, even though that's what displays for them. – mmyers Apr 29 '10 at 14:57
    
Thank god for the thingadongdong. – Holocryptic Apr 29 '10 at 22:57

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