It's going to happen, and probably has already - the user dies.

Subject to a reasonable process (email from relative, plus attempt to contact user, etc), set a flag on the user's profile to indicate they are no longer with the living.

Why? No really compelling reason; AFAIK Facebook has this feature, and it would prevent fruitless entreaties to contact them.

  • I don't think something like this is needed, especially as you say there's not really a compelling reason. For something like Facebook it makes more sense, as that's a social network; it's about the users. Here users are secondary to questions/answers. May 21 '15 at 8:24
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    No. This won't happen. Reason can be found in the top answer here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/38742/… and STACK EXCHANGE IS NO FACEBOOK!! May 21 '15 at 8:52
  • +1, it wil acknowledge the deceased contributors who helped others with their time and knowledge. May 21 '15 at 9:02
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    What percentage of experienced contributors would mark themselves as desceased if it prevented entreaties to contact them? I think this could become a very popular option, though not by those for whom it was intended. May 21 '15 at 9:15
  • @RobertLongson This option would probably make the account unable to contribute too.
    – T. Verron
    May 21 '15 at 10:03
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    We'd resurrect ourselves in order to answer questions. We'd be an entirely new form of help vampire. May 21 '15 at 10:08

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