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- How should a user's death be handled? 6 answers
I recently learnt that a fervent (if controversial at times) contributor to SO passed away nearly 2 years ago.
His SO profile will be forever there but I was wondering if we should not highlight such profiles so other would at least be informed.
It would also help recognise that there was a real person behind the profile.
The event could be reported by the family or by other high-rep users, with some supporting evidence, like obituaries from local newspapers or funeral homes for instance, with an email sent back to the account owner for manual confirmation (by the family if they have access to the deceased email account) or automatic confirmation after a few days if there was no reply.