Logged on to Pro Webmasters and found that I have not made a account for it yet. I said to myself I says, that I have already made a account on it so I just continued and then I got an "Oops! Something bad happened error."

I then clicked the home button and found that I had to start from scratch again. I went on Server Fault and the same thing happened.

On Meta.SO I clicked on my accounts tab and saw that I lost about five accounts. At the moment I have 19 but I did have over 20.

Where have they gone?

  • Can you provide a link to one of your recent questions or answers, on one of the accounts you lost? – user102937 Mar 12 '11 at 0:18
  • @Robert for Server Fault and Webmasters? – Benny Mar 12 '11 at 0:18
  • Yes, on one of the accounts you lost when you got the error. – user102937 Mar 12 '11 at 0:19
  • webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/9192/… for Webmasters and on Server Fault all my posts have been deleted. – Benny Mar 12 '11 at 0:19
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    OK, your account on Webmasters looks OK, but it says in your post that you're 12 years old. Did you know that you have to be age 13 or above to participate on the SE network? – user102937 Mar 12 '11 at 0:21
  • @Robert no sorry – Benny Mar 12 '11 at 0:22
  • Bah. Solution: Change your birthdate to show you're 13 until you really are 13 :) – Pekka Mar 12 '11 at 0:23
  • Yeah, so it looks like what happened is your account on ServerFault may have been deleted by a moderator. You can email Team@StackOverflow.com for clarification. Include this information in your email: serverfault.com/users/45831/benny – user102937 Mar 12 '11 at 0:25
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    @Pekka - nice way to demonstrate that the impressionable mind of a child isn't safe here :) – Uphill Luge Mar 12 '11 at 2:01
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    @Hans hahahaha! Next up: How to create a fake ID for buying beer. – Pekka Mar 12 '11 at 2:03
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    @Benny: Wait wait wait, is this your birthday? Looked at your Meta profile, and you're 13 now. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Mar 12 '11 at 5:24
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    COPPA. – Dan Grossman Mar 14 '11 at 12:44
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    @Dan: pfffft how typical american! – fretje Mar 15 '11 at 8:49


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    Erhm... and, sorry? – Benjol Mar 14 '11 at 9:42
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    Sorry, but to me, this reads like "You didn't read our terms and conditions, so we have the moral right to suspend you without advance warning or any kind of accompanying 'sorry, we have to do this'. If you ask about it, we will shove a quote from said T&C into your face.". Is this a proper way to treat devoted users? Is it so hard to at least notify them in advance - seeing as they've not really done anything wrong, at least not by any reasonable standard? – Pekka Mar 14 '11 at 12:39
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    @Pekka I don't think Jeff has a choice here. – badp Mar 14 '11 at 14:49
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    @badp he can't notify them in advance? I'm having a very hard time believing that. – Pekka Mar 14 '11 at 15:01
  • @Pekka Dunno, Nyu did say he received a mod message from Marc with his suspension. – badp Mar 14 '11 at 15:04
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    @badp But @Benny apparently didn't. Plus is it that difficult to add a nice word or two, maybe that this has legal reasons, and that they're welcome back when they're thirteen? – Pekka Mar 14 '11 at 15:09
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    I wonder what's so illegal about using a Q&A site when you're younger than 13 years old. This is pathetic! – fretje Mar 15 '11 at 8:47
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    @fretje - the issue as I see it is not the participation, it's the collection of personal information from not just a minor, but a pre-teen. This is just asking for trouble. I'm sure they can still participate in the site, but in an anonymous manner. Read the terms and conditions carefully - it only applies to subscribers (i.e. accounts) and the providing of personally identifiable information. Nothing about participation. – Mark Henderson Mar 15 '11 at 8:48
  • @Farseeker: Yeah, yeah, I know... it's just the fact that there is überhaupt a rule about this (that COPPA thing) that I find pathetic. – fretje Mar 15 '11 at 8:52
  • @fretje - to be honest, I would be upset if I knew that my pre-teen son was providing personal info on the net, be it facebook or stack overflow (actually that's a lie; I'd be impressed as he's only 10 months old), so I support the terms and conditions on this one simply from a parental standpoint. – Mark Henderson Mar 15 '11 at 8:54
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    @pekka - I agree with your sentiments here @jeff - what happened to "be nice", this post just sounds like yet another blunt and officious proclamation from the Oberst-Gruppenführer. You're beginning to sound more cranky than I am :) twitter.com/codinghorror/statuses/46137062717538304 – Kev Mar 15 '11 at 12:12

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