I want to delete my account; can anyone help me to delete my account?

The reason I want to do this is because Stack Overflow reduced my reputation by 500 points in a single day. Now I don't want to participate on this site anymore. So please help me to delete all of my questions and answers.

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    Care to give some more information? – JohnP May 26 '11 at 9:33
  • @Hary, you need to remove the space after @. A few things to think about. Did you have multiple accounts? Did you have any questions you asked deleted recently? – JohnP May 26 '11 at 9:40
  • @JohnP:) ya i know that .. ya i have 2 acounts ...ya i del some of the questions.. – Harsh May 26 '11 at 9:46
  • @hary, if you were using both accounts at the same time, you account may have been merged. Do you have access to both accounts now? – JohnP May 26 '11 at 9:49
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    @Hary did you do cross-voting with your two accounts? i.e. vote for one account's contributions from the other? – Pekka May 26 '11 at 9:50
  • @JohnP :) ya i use 2 acount but at different Browser .. and an differe openid then how it is posible to merge ? – Harsh May 26 '11 at 9:54
  • @pekka:) ya sometime when someone reduces my votes without any reason – Harsh May 26 '11 at 9:55
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    @Hary that is misuse of the voting system, and a gross violation of the site's rules. I that case, you probably have been caught at it, your accounts merged, and all the points gained that way removed - which is exactly as it should be. – Pekka May 26 '11 at 9:57
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    @Hary that's against the sites rules. You can't be surprised when the system merges your accounts after you misuse it. The details of the filter are not public, but it looks at your IP and voting trends to determine whether you're cross voting. Obviously this is negative behavior, because if everybody did it there wouldn't be any point in having a rep system at all. – JohnP May 26 '11 at 9:58
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    @Hary, please relax. Take a walk outside, and try to regain some rest within. The past is to learn from. You will see, that if you continue the good work within the accepted rules the reward will be much higher and lasting. – Toon Krijthe May 26 '11 at 10:20
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    Should we also delete your sockpuppet, Stan? – user1228 May 26 '11 at 14:44
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    @Hary: Its okay if you run multiple accounts, but not if they vote each other up. – user1228 May 27 '11 at 12:25
  • @Pëkka I would like to delete my questions too as I received no message/notification telling me content is licensed to Stack Exchange after I post it. – user259144 May 15 '14 at 9:55

You can't delete all of your questions and answers. You've granted us the irrevocable right to display your content on this website. That's the license you agreed to when you joined Stack Overflow.

You can, however, delete your account, causing your contributions to be anonymized. See here for details. Basically, modify your profile to say "delete this account", and then flag one of your posts for moderator attention.

As for why your reputation points are being decreased, I suspect that's because one (or more) of your posts were flagged as "spam" by at least 6 other members of the community. Each spam post deletion costs the owning account -100 reputation points.

If you've been posting links back to your personal blog, or mass-posting the same answer to a bunch of different questions, it's a good bet that this is what happened to you. If you stop, the rep-loss will not continue. Unfortunately, there's no way to get back those points, other than by contributing useful content to the community and getting upvotes.

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    @Hary: I can't explain why or how others vote. I'm sure at least some of the votes came from the fact that you posted it on the wrong site. It's been migrated to the correct site now. But do note that I've had plenty of questions and answers downvoted. You can't take it personally. It's just a rating system for content, not for the contributors. – Cody Gray May 26 '11 at 9:39
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    @Hary: No, it's very unlikely that the points will be given back. If mine and Pekka's suspicion that some of your posts were automatically deleted after being flagged as spam, there's no way of getting those points back. If we're wrong and there was actually some horrible error made, I suppose the team would consider giving those points back, but I wouldn't count on it. No, you can't earn 500 points in a day. But you can earn them in a few days. You're still able to post questions and leave comments, so you can still fully participate on the site. – Cody Gray May 26 '11 at 9:46
  • @Cody Gray:) okies :) now for sometime i just leave from stackoverflow i comeback in stackoverflow when i m perfect .. after that some one never loses my points .. i realy very hearted .. – Harsh May 26 '11 at 9:53
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    @Hary: I flagged on of the your answer when you directly copied content from another answer on StackOverflow and posted as your own answer. DO NOT COPY PASTE ON S.O. – Shakti Singh May 26 '11 at 9:58
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    @Hary so you've been copy+pasting other people's work, using sock puppets to upvote your own contributions, and are all angry and upset about losing reputation points? Seriously? Maybe you really need to take a break from SO for a while, and rethink your approach. – Pekka May 26 '11 at 10:04
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    @Hary I can't judge on the extent of neither the copy+pasting nor the sock puppet voting, but I think the original question ("Why did I lose so many reputation points?") is sufficiently answered now, and it looks like it was completely your own fault. You can refer to the duplicate link to find out how you can have your account deleted; if you choose to stay, you need to seriously change your behaviour. Both things are deadly sins on SO, for good reason. – Pekka May 26 '11 at 10:08
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    @hary: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joomla Not sure how else to help you. – Cody Gray May 26 '11 at 10:15
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    @Hary: Here is the link from where you copied answer just for your reference stackoverflow.com/posts/6069034/revisions – Shakti Singh May 26 '11 at 10:16
  • @Hary you would get a better response if you posted this in SO. – JohnP May 26 '11 at 10:24
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    "owned by the community" -- wrong. They are owned by the author, licensed to community. IANAL, but answers being anonymized creates awkward licensing situation, as license requires attribution. – vartec May 26 '11 at 11:29
  • @vartec good point - although it probably stands to reason that the act of licensing took place when the user posted the contribution, and anonymization is usually done by own request, so the user should have been aware of the consequences – Pekka May 26 '11 at 11:31
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    @Pekka: yeah, found it. Apparently not a problem. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/18221/… -- still, statement "owned by the community" is wrong. – vartec May 26 '11 at 11:36
  • @vartec it is, I agree. – Pekka May 26 '11 at 13:34
  • @CodyGray You should at least receive a notification/message about that license thing, or the offended user is allowed to sue the Stack Exchange team for sneaking operations (if you understand what I mean). – user259144 May 15 '14 at 9:59
  • @need You do. It's all over the About page, the FAQ pages, etc. etc. – Cody Gray May 15 '14 at 10:02

A loss of 500 points can have different possible reasons:

  • 5 posts of yours were voted by the community as spam.

  • Sock puppet account activity was detected, and the upvotes resulting from it removed. (Not saying this is the case, it's just a possible explanation)

  • A reputation recalculation took place, accounting for upvotes you received on contributions that have since been deleted; although it's extremely unlikely to cause such a massive loss.

  • @Hary the system will automatically do -100 if enough people flag a post as spam. Did you post a series of contributions that might be interpreted as spam over the past few days? – Pekka May 26 '11 at 9:41
  • @Hary report for what? Can you show a link? – Pekka May 26 '11 at 9:53
  • @Hary no, I mean in which context did he say he wants to report you – Pekka May 26 '11 at 9:59
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    @Hary: You've been deleting your own upvoted answers all week. You lost reputation for the deleted posts when an automated recalc process kicked off. Do you still want to delete your account, or can I just undelete those answers and recalc your rep? – Bill the Lizard May 26 '11 at 11:28

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