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The Creative Commons FAQ states that:

Third, if the licensor does not like how the material has been modified or used, CC licenses require that the licensee remove the attribution information upon request.

How do I remove / dissociate my name from a post, in accordance with this clause?

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Before you request to have your name removed from something, consider if it's actually necessary or if it might just cause more problems for you.

Your name will likely still appear on it in other places.

If you're shooting for anonymity, you're not going to get much of it by just slicing your name out of the page. You need to keep in mind that everything you post on the Internet is permanent, with your name permanently attached to it. Removing it in one place might help your situation, but it certainly doesn't make it impossible to track down who originally wrote it.

  • Our content gets cached by a great many sources, including web scrapers. Two large sources would include Google and the Wayback Machine. These sources will still have cached copies of the page as it existed with your name attached to the content.
  • We publish data dumps of all the visible content on our sites. This is historical content and we cannot modify previous data dumps to also remove your name in those places.
  • Some users will just remember who originally posted something, and we can't prevent them sharing that information with others.
  • You will still appear as the owner of the post in the Data Explorer until it gets updated again at the end of the week.

Don't abuse the service.

You should be willing to stand by all content you contribute to our network. If we notice a specific user continually requesting their name be removed from posts, that is a strong signal that you are not willing to contribute to this community in an effective and meaningful way and you may find yourself suspended from the site. We are not a platform for you to post or say whatever you want and then turn around to have your name removed from it.

Can I just have the content deleted?

No. Stack Exchange is a collective work to which you have granted an irrevocable license to display, use, and modify your work (i.e., the post). You do not have the right to have it removed from our site.

So how do I remove my name from a post?

If you would like to have your name dissociated from one of your posts, you can request we do so by clicking on the Contact link at the bottom of the respective page. Your username will no longer be linked, the username will be shown as "anon", and you will no longer earn any reputation from the post. All reputation you had previously gained/lost from the post including bounties will also be reversed, and badges you earned from the post may be revoked.

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    "We publish data dumps of all the visible content on our sites. This is historical content and we cannot modify previous data dumps to also remove your name in those places." I'm interested to know how that aspect of the policy is compliant with CC. – fabspro Mar 20 '18 at 10:19
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    @fabspro You should start by asking a new question about that. Most likely, there is a good answer that satisfies the CC license, while still allowing for historical archives. I would also be interested in an answer from a knowledgeable source. – JonathanDavidArndt May 14 '18 at 14:56
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    @JonathanDavidArndt I'm assuming that data dumps just become "community wiki" or "anonymous" or something, now that I think about it - because all that has to be removed is the attribution, not the content. But yes might be interesting! – fabspro May 15 '18 at 7:58
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    @fabspro It seems we have an answer. – forest Sep 12 '18 at 22:09

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