In all sites it happens that worthy members remove their account.
I want to draw your attention to the fact that the greyed ID of a departed member is not-clickable and one cannot trace and read other valuable posts by same author.
I am sure that it is technically possible to make a profile anonymous and yet make it accessible: all other data can be removed, but the list of questions and answers can surely be made accessible.
Have you ever thought about that? Is there any obstacle in principle or in practice to prevent this improvement?
This will require lots of development efforts, and personally I don't think we really need this...- Shadow Wizard
That is not what I meant, not negative accounts. Almost nobody knows about this query, and, I, for one, managed to make it work for the number you suggested here, but failed to make it work for other SE sites.
What I mean is much simpler and you do not have to make any effort at all: the profile is already there and I am sure they don't destroy it, so do not hide it to general public. Just hide all personal data and leave the summary with questions and answers and make it accessible clicking the user-number at every post. Did I make myself clear now?
If it is not clear let's make an example:
tomorrow I remove my account, right? this question will display at bottom: user309600. You click on it and you get to my profile:
- the about me will be empty,
- member for 23 days will disappear, and so will last seen and visited and badges etc.
- you will be able to choose only between 'questions' and 'answer' and,
- if you wish you can read my other question are the voters of comment recorded, or
- my only answer.
What is the problem?