Parent user for chat user is deleted, but chat user page displays him like existing one:

chat user

Name, reputation and badges are still visible, but parent user is deleted.

According to Shog9's answer chat user should be deleted, but it doesn't. Hence proposed duplicates are not duplicates, because doesn't answer my question.

  • To this day, chat profile is independent entity. Deleting an account never deleted the associated chat profile, so I'm sure it's not a bug. SE staff (maybe mod is enough) must go and manually delete the chat profile. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 12:53
  • (dupe proves this is by design.) Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 12:55
  • @ShadowWizard but you still don't have a [bug] dupe-hammer :) Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:06
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    @ShadowWizard balpha is refering to somekind of planned improvements, so this maybe -planned instead of -by-design. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:08
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    hehehe... omg... well, umm... sorry. cough. Well, you should know better than most people what status-planned means. (hint: not what it implies) Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:22
  • @ShadowWizard I would prefer [status-planned] here by employee (don't offer me a regular diamond mod) instead of closing as a duplicate. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:26
  • @ShadowWizard BTW It will look weird for me if [bug] question will be closed as a duplicate of [support] question. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:28
  • Well, employees retag bugs to support many times, we can use SEDE to get actual numbers, but I've seen it a lot, so a bug closed as dupe of support just means it's by design. And in case I'm wrong, employee can always reopen (if it's closed), and tag properly. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:34
  • Also note that this can also occur in case all of the user's site profiles were deleted prior to a 2016 change to automatically delete chat profiles in that case. See How does one delete a chat profile? Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:37
  • @SonictheInclusiveHedgehog if I understand Shog9's answer correctly we need to know is there any user account on some SE sites or not. If the latter then - it's a bug.If the first - it's by-design? Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 13:55
  • @Shadow Afaik chat profiles do now get deleted if all other profiles are deleted, but only if they've posted less than 1,000 messages. Accounts with more than that require manual intervention (even moderators and regular staff like me cannot delete chat profiles with more messages than that, only developers).
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 14:30
  • @animuson oh, I see. Still, there is no bug here, so my original claim still holds. :) Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 14:41
  • @animuson is there an answer about 1000+ chat messages? Would you to post an answer here instead? Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 14:43

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As animuson says in a comment, if a user posted more than 1000 messages in chat, their chat profile will not get automatically deleted when their parent account (and even all of their SE accounts) is deleted.

This is by design, and it requires manual intervention of a developer to have such chat profiles deleted, i.e. even moderators and Stack Exchange "ordinary" staff can't do it.

  • Is this also the case for account mergers? This can also leave an orphaned chat user.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 16:32
  • @Luuklag I'm not sure, any example of chat profile without parent with less than 1000 messages? Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 17:48
  • I don't know, only now that a regular at the Tavern has an orphaned chat profile, which was caused by a merger.
    – Luuklag
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 19:33
  • @Luuklag Yes, it is the case for those too, as confirmed by this post: no chat profiles will be affected on account mergers. Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 20:43

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