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Why do I sometimes see a user card under a question or answer which looks like the following?

Has the user been deleted?

marked as duplicate by Nathan Tuggy, Community Sep 17 '17 at 14:02

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Yes.

That's a profile that was deleted a long time ago. Back then the names weren't anonymised like they are now.

Now you'd see

user123456

(or whatever their id was)

  • Where can i find a discussion about that ? i mean a new rules/feature that talk about this kind of rules – gagantous Sep 17 '17 at 12:18
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    @gagantous - here - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/88836/… – ChrisF Sep 17 '17 at 12:19
  • by curiosity, does the name appear the same way if the question get migrated to a site the op isnt member of ? – yagmoth555 Sep 17 '17 at 13:22
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    @yagmoth555 No. You will just get the normal username which is not hyperlinked. – DavidPostill Sep 17 '17 at 19:55

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