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- Improve the user self-deletion process 6 answers
I have used this site for many years and personally have had my Stack Overflow account deleted twice. During the times I did/do not have an account, I'm more of a lurker. However one of the things that has irked me is just how easy it is to rack up accounts on the Stack Exchange network. While I understand that ease of registration and network integration is one of the goals of the website, the amount of time it takes to create an account (maybe a few clicks) is disproportionately less than the amount of time it takes to delete an account.
The question I have 24 accounts, how can I delete them all in one go? seems to suggest the only way to delete all of the accounts is to go to each site, fill out the request form, and follow the procedure. This is (IMO) simply ridiculous as I don't want to follow the steps (which IIRC waiting for support to contact you, doing an activity to confirm your identity, and e-mailing them back) for every account.
The fact that I may continue to "use" the site (visit, lurk whatever) does not imply I want an account or want it to be easy to make an account, because then I'm back to square one. I'm not going to lie when I say this site is addicting and I find it depressing how high the barrier is to kick the addiction.
I am not criticizing the individual deletion procedure, but merely asking why there's a lack of a network-wide procedure. It smells like bad UX to me. Is there an official explanation for this or a compelling argument for why this is a good idea?