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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?

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I've followed those instructions, and nothing happens. –  Django Reinhardt Jul 11 '14 at 11:41
I do not see the delete link in workplace site. –  Darius.V May 27 at 18:24

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The Help Center explains that there are two cases:

If your account has interacted with the site by voting or posting, 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.

If your account has never voted or posted a question or answer more than once, you should see a self-delete option on your user page next to the edit link:


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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if I Delete my account what happen with my questions-answer? is it a real delete or just a hidden account? –  jcho360 May 21 '12 at 15:07
@jcho360 It's a real delete. All your negatively-scored posts will be removed from the site, but any questions or answers with a score of zero or above will remain and will be anonymized (i.e. your username will not appear on the posts). –  Anna Lear Jul 12 '12 at 6:51
So no one can't request that their account be destroyed (instead of just deleted)? –  user215114 Nov 20 '13 at 23:00
@AnnaLear : Does it mean even a grand jury subpoena against a user would be unable to get informations about a target user? –  user2284570 Nov 25 '13 at 17:07
@user2284570 Depends on the information. Nobody can get what we don't retain (obviously), but we also have backups, etc. –  Anna Lear Nov 25 '13 at 17:54
Can we undelete my deleted account, Suppose I wants to delete my account for sometime duration. –  Grijesh Chauhan Feb 13 '14 at 18:24
Additionally can we inquery about some deleted account for exmaple I want to know where is this user user529758 at stackoverflow. His name at SO was H2CO3. –  Grijesh Chauhan Feb 13 '14 at 18:28
It seems to be a site dependent thing. Wordpress, for example, was very happy to oblige me. Others sites, well it sort of gets lost in the mail .... I wish it were more consistently applied among sites. –  demongolem Apr 24 '14 at 14:46
These instructions simply don't work. –  Django Reinhardt Jul 11 '14 at 11:42
This is the worst deletion system I have ever seen –  Szu Aug 1 '14 at 7:10
@GrijeshChauhan: Start here. –  Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 28 at 19:51
Hi, what is a profile link? For example I typed physics.stackexchange.com/users/68137/XYZ. But site says this is not valid profile url. What is meant by this then? Well, neglect those XYZ there. I had typed correct url. I want to delete my account. Help. –  Ahana Mar 8 at 8:37
I've gone through the required process to delete my stackoverflow account - twice - with no result whatsoever. A member with moderator privileges initiated personal attacks - over a minor disagreement. He then edited another question by someone else that I had replied to and changed content, so he had an excuse for claiming I had missed the point of the question (edit and diatribe within minutes). If that is the sort of behaviour supported by stackoverflow, I'm out. –  Rob Mar 10 at 19:47
When I try to remove my account I have the error "You can remove your only login". Please, delete all my accounts soon. –  user286176 Mar 15 at 17:02
@Rob perhaps you should raise an issue on meta.stackoverflow, although it looks like it was handled one way or another –  royhowie Jun 30 at 9:09

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