I have had an account on Stack Overflow for some time. Today I answered a question for the first time:

Some of my text all over the website underline automatically

...and a short while later it appears my account has been removed/deleted and I just cannot understand why.

Please can you provide some insight into this?

Thank you.

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    To the close voters: asking on M.SO with an account deleted there and therefore lacking the 5 rep for meta is obviously highly impractical. Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:57

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According to our records, while logged into your account, you have clicked the delete link.

If this was not you, I suggest you look around at who else has access to your computer who may have done this.

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    I thought there is 24 hours countdown between clicking that button until the account is actually deleted, to let the user regret his/her decision? Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:27
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    @ShadowWizard That wait doesn't exist if you have zero or one posts, and no votes.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:28
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    @animuson thanks, just found this - looks like it applies only for deletion activated by moderators, not self deletion. Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:29
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    Thanks for the response. I do not recall clicking a delete link on purpose. I have just looked in my (new) profile for where this link is, and noticed it's a menu item under Site Settings. I could have accidentally clicked this, not read the JavaScript prompt and idly clicked okay.
    – Steve
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:31
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    @ShadowWizard The self-serve deletion system still uses that same countdown. Basically, you wait for a delete link to appear in your inbox/email, click it, and it schedules your account for deletion in 24 hours. But users with <2 posts and no votes bypass all of that.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:32
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    @animuson thanks, good to know. Is it documented anywhere? Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:59
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5999/… @shadow
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:48
  • @Shog9 thanks but it does not mention the 24 hours waiting time. Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 17:29

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