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How can I delete my Stack Exchange account(s) and what happens to content I've posted when my account gets deleted?

For more information, see "How do I delete my account?" in the Help Center.

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The Help Center explains that there are two cases:

If your account has never voted and has posted at most once, you should see a self-delete option on your user page under "Edit Profile & Settings":

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On some sites, it may look different:


If your account has posted more than once, or voted, go to the Contact Support page and fill out the form. One of the items in the topics drop-down list is for account deletion.

You can also get to that page via the "contact us" section on the site footer. Please note that account deletion is not instant. It might take several days for your request to be processed.

Due to a known issue, you might want to change your username before deleting the account.

Either of these procedures cover deleting your account on one specific site.

Content you've posted on the site is owned by you but licensed to Stack Exchange, and you therefore cannot request that it be deleted with your account.

Also of note, we automatically cull old inactive accounts as documented on the blog:

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I do not see a delete button or something... – H. Pauwelyn Dec 21 '15 at 17:23
is this for the individual communities or is this for the entire account across Stack Exchange? – Derrick K. Dec 25 '15 at 1:20
Couldn't you just edit all your questions to say "NULL" and then delete the account? – Elliander Feb 22 at 8:10
what if i dont want to delete my whole account, i just want to remove one stack site from it? – SpYk3HH Apr 7 at 17:12
Will deleting an account remove all accounts on all SE sites or only the one we are requesting? – fahadash Jun 10 at 21:49
I have no such option on my puzzling and Personal Productivity site's profile. What should I do? – astuter Jul 15 at 8:49

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