The How do I delete my account faq points out that this link:

delete link

is available to folk who haven't asked a question and who have at most one contribution.

As you can see, I have the link, and when I click it, I get a helpful confirmation dialog:

Delete your account?

but when I click OK it disappears but nothing else in the world appears to change. (Still logged in, name doesn't change to user300032453 etc. Profile still linked to from answer etc.)

  • It worked a few days ago and now doesn't work.

  • Tested on: IE10 at work and Firefox 25.0.1 at home.

  • Tested on Chrome 31.0.1650.57 m at home: works. What setting or feature is interfering with this?

(Not sure if it's related, but the popups I was expecting from hovering near the top also seem broken.)

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    How many times are you deleting your account? (E.g. why did you do this a few days ago, and are trying again today?) – Aaron Bertrand Nov 20 '13 at 23:22
  • Maybe you have deleted question/answer making it more than one posts in total? – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Nov 20 '13 at 23:44
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    @AaronBertrand I think you're going off the topic of the question. The feature isn't working, hence it's a bug. If you like, open up a different question something along the lines of "Why do some people delete their accounts as soon as they make them?" but that's not this question. – not my job Nov 20 '13 at 23:44
  • @ShaWizDowArd - But then the bug would be the "delete" link being shown inappropriately and acting confusingly when clicked. – Martin Smith Nov 20 '13 at 23:45
  • That's why it was a comment and not an answer. It's still a relevant question IMHO. – Aaron Bertrand Nov 20 '13 at 23:45
  • @ShaWizDowArd Nope - when that soft of thing happens, the link disappears (as stated in the faq - I can vouch for its accuracy). The link's there, just non-functional. – not my job Nov 20 '13 at 23:45
  • @AaronBertrand If it worries you that people use this feature, make a feature request to remove it. This is a bug report. I'm trying to keep it as such without a lengthy debate about motivation etc. I'm prepared to have a debate with you, but please, not under this question; that would be out of place here and contrary to the spirit of a pure question and answer website. – not my job Nov 20 '13 at 23:48
  • And when you try to delete your account here on Meta? (I'm sure you'll come back if it succeeds :-)) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Nov 20 '13 at 23:49
  • @ShaWizDowArd I successfully deleted an account on Meta to test - I was planning to tag with [stackoverflow] but forgot - done. Can't tell you about other non-meta sites, sorry. – not my job Nov 20 '13 at 23:51
  • Weird. Can you monitor network traffic when trying to delete on SO, see what is being sent to the server and what is the response? – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Nov 20 '13 at 23:57
  • @someotherguy doesn't worry me, I was just asking the question in a place where it seemed relevant to ask. You tell your doctor it hurts when you do this, the first thing he's probably going to suggest is to stop doing this. – Aaron Bertrand Nov 20 '13 at 23:58
  • @AaronBertrand But if you ask the mechanic if it's possible to fix the hazard warning lights on your car, you'd rather keep the discussion about why you might use the hazard warning lights separate from trying to isolate the problem. "If you avoid pressing the button, the problem of its inertness disappears" could be construed as rather unhelpful. – not my job Nov 21 '13 at 0:09
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    @ShaWizDowArd Arrggghh! I've now participated enough to make this account lose the delete link. Drat. I'm reluctant to litter the world with more me, but will see if I can attempt to delete a new redundant account and monitor the transaction. – not my job Nov 21 '13 at 0:14
  • @ShaWizDowArd OK, your question was a good one: I've found out that no network traffic gets generated! Firefox's Inspector in Tools>Web Developer mentions Noscript which I can't help feeling is related, and the Network monitor shows there's no activity (unless there's some sneaky AJAX way past Firefox's network monitor). – not my job Nov 21 '13 at 0:41
  • @ShaWizDowArd Pop-ups are blocked, but I don't have an adblocking extension unless my firewall or AV have snuck one in past me. Nope - just checked. – not my job Nov 21 '13 at 0:42

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