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Here's my issue, mostly with privacy:

  1. I connected all my SE accounts long ago but recent events have made it much easier to jump from my profile here to my profile elsewhere.
  2. I have questions on site A that I'd rather not be associated with my "identity" from site B.
  3. I have no way to delete a question on site A since it has been answered and I have no way to anonomize it for privacy concerns.

Is there a way to:

  1. Delete the question
  2. Anonymize the question
  3. Unlink my account from site A?
  • Have you tried flagging the question to suggest its deletion? – Grace Note Apr 8 '11 at 14:14
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    No. I was going to but that didn't seem like the best solution to me – Joe Phillips Apr 8 '11 at 14:14
  • Anonymizing makes more sense to me. Deletion would keep the post from being of any future help to users below 10k, and the user who correctly answered would lose any rep they earned for providing a correct answer. – Mick MacCallum Sep 17 '12 at 18:24
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  1. Delete the question: Ask a moderator (flag...) - but try to include a good reason why the question itself deserves to be removed. Moderators really shouldn't be removing decent content simply because the OP doesn't want it anymore.

  2. Anonymize the question: Again, ask a moderator - they can disassociate the question from your account. The user on the post will show as "anon", and your profile will no longer show any effects of the question (including reputation changes from votes on it).

  3. Anonymize all of your posts (by deleting your profile) You can delete your profile entirely on a single site, leaving all posts disassociated (this won't touch your profiles on other sites). To delete your account, use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page and fill out the form.

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    +1000 for "moderators shouldn't be removing decent content simply because the OP doesn't want it anymore." – Pekka supports GoFundMonica Apr 8 '11 at 14:24
  • Trust me, I'd much prefer to anonymize questions rather than delete them. I really wish I didn't have to dissociate my account either but I'm left with relatively no choice. – Joe Phillips Apr 9 '11 at 1:43
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    Developers can also anonymize specific posts without necessarily deleting the account, fyi – Jeff Atwood Apr 10 '11 at 18:13
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    Note: The third option is apparently no longer possible, and the instructions it links to have been deleted. – Ilmari Karonen Sep 17 '12 at 17:16
  • Thanks for the heads-up, @IlmariKaronen - removed! – Shog9 Sep 17 '12 at 17:51
  • @Pëkka This is (I think) rarely the case. It often happens that a question gets loads of downvotes which basically means that the rep of the person who asked it takes hit after hit. Sometimes it's just not possible to improve the question and the provided answer to a crappy question isn't something spectacular either. Such questions are basically a honeypot for downvotes with (almost) no value whatsoever. – rbaleksandar Oct 13 '17 at 7:34
  • @rbaleksandar that's where steps 2 and 3 suggested by Shog come in. Asking for content to be anonymized is quick and easy. – Pekka supports GoFundMonica Oct 13 '17 at 8:02
  • NOOO MY PRECIOUS REPS! DON'T DO IT! – NoName Mar 11 '18 at 18:09
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You can have all of that, you just need to make the team aware of it.

Either flag your question for Moderator Attention or send an email to team@stackoverflow.com and request one of these actions.

  • For option 3, the button "Clear All Associations" on the accounts tab of site A would be sufficient? Deletion of an answered question might be possible, but is limited for a good reason. – Arjan Apr 8 '11 at 14:23

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