For a long time, there's been a feature where users who've contributed very little activity on the site, who later request deletion of their account, have their account deleted immediately upon requesting it rather than having to wait 24 hours before their account is deleted.

As I state in the above link, the previous criteria for users to be eligible for immediate deletion were that they've never posted or voted more than once. The criteria were, however, changed in August 2020 to having to have never posted on the site before and having less than 101* (actually 101 or less) reputation.

However, the help center page on deleting accounts still mentions the old, no longer correct criteria:

If you have never posted or voted more than once on your profile, it will be immediately deleted.

Can this page please be changed to reflect the current criteria? It should read like this:

If you have never made any posts and you have 101 or less reputation, it will be immediately deleted.

(To clarify, votes are no longer considered by the new criteria. Also, a community member did some testing and found that accounts with exactly 101 reputation are also immediately deleted if they've never posted.)

  • @V2Blast Do note that there's an active feature request asking for another change to be made to the criteria, i.e. that votes should continue to be considered. Jan 31, 2022 at 19:47
  • I'll leave it to the mods to decide whether that post should have the [status-review] tag added; for now, I'm just editing the help center page to match the current behavior.
    – V2Blast
    Jan 31, 2022 at 19:49
  • @V2Blast Wasn't asking for a tag there; wanted to make sure it was on staff's internal radar to implement even if it doesn't have the tag added. Jan 31, 2022 at 19:50
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    Having some posts get on "staff's internal radar" despite not being tagged would somewhat defeat the purpose of the status-review tag, wouldn't it?
    – Rob
    Jan 31, 2022 at 20:50
  • @Rob That's how things worked before the whole status-review escalation system was introduced in March 2020. Jan 31, 2022 at 21:22
  • @SonictheAnti-NewVariant-hog, so not how it works now then? 🙃 (no need to answer, the question's rhetorical)
    – Rob
    Jan 31, 2022 at 21:31
  • @Rob Not every request filed since the escalation process was introduced that was subsequently completed had to go through that route. Quite a few still went through the traditional routes that existed long before that new route was introduced. (I began writing this comment before you edited it to say it was rhetorical, and comment edits aren't loaded immediately.) Jan 31, 2022 at 21:32

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I've updated the /help/deleting-account page to reflect the current criteria for immediate self-deletion of a user profile. (I've also replaced the screenshots with new ones matching the current look of the profile pages, and done some minor copyediting.)

Thanks for pointing this out!

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