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The CC:Wiki License states that:

If you do not like the way that a person has made a derivative work or incorporated your work into a collective work, under the Creative Commons licenses, you may request removal of your name from the derivative work or the collective work.

How do I remove my name from a post, in accordance with this clause?

Also, what constitutes a derivative work? Does someone have to edit my post for it to be considered a derivative work?

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Stack Overflow is a collective work to which you have granted license to display and use your work (i.e. the post). A derivative work means someone has taken your post and recast or transformed your work (under Creative Commons) into their own work.

If you would like to have your name removed from (a/k/a dissociated with or disassociated with) our use of the post, you can flag it for moderator attention. Moderators do not have the ability to change the ownership of the message, but they can bring it to the attention of a developer who may be able to reassign ownership to the Community user or some other "anonymous" entity.

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Could you also include in the answer steps to take when moderators fail to comply? –  vartec Jun 28 '11 at 21:44
@vartec If the moderators don't respond in a reasonable amount of time, whatever the issue is, contact the team (there's a link for that at the bottom of every page). –  Gilles Jun 29 '11 at 0:15
@Gilles: which is what I did, but that should be part of FAQ answer, not a comment. –  vartec Jun 29 '11 at 8:26
@vartec: the FAQ is for... um, questions that are asked frequently. This just doesn't come up often. –  Shog9 Jun 29 '11 at 23:15
@Shog: allegedly question about removing attribution from the post doesn't come that often in the first place. Given, that there are mods who are completely opposed to this, I believe its a valid point. I've tried on SU, moderators failed to comply, and I did have to notify SE team directly. –  vartec Jun 30 '11 at 7:46
@Shog9 - It came up! meta.stackexchange.com/q/197464/191410 ;) –  JDB Sep 19 '13 at 0:29

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