Many problems arise with Google's OpenID implementation (now deleted: accounts doubled, fake Google ID account, ...), asides with all the obvious privacy concerns (although quite opposed to security ones...)

Will it be possible to remove an account directly from the interface without involving the administrator team (yes, I do know they are very responsive)?

Some rules could apply:

  • you can only delete recently created accounts (several days?)
  • with reputation points under a certain limit (1?)
  • Obviously only the account you are logged in (beware of XSS attacks!)
  • ...

2 Answers 2


Perhaps the delete option should send an e-mail to the registered address and only actually delete when the user returns via the link provided (or enters the code provided).

This should minimise accounts being deleted by accident or maliciously.


Another possibility might be to mark the account as deleted but not actually delete it for a couple of days. If it has been deleted maliciously then it might give the owner enough time to visit the site, spot it and cancel the delete.

Ultimately any system would be prone to spoofing - even the current one of e-mailing the team and asking them to delete the account for you.

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    but how difficult would be to also change the email address prior to deletion ? Jun 30, 2009 at 10:34
  • maliciously, i meant... Jun 30, 2009 at 10:34
  • I did think of that - but then if someone's got that much access there's not a lot you can really do.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 30, 2009 at 10:51
  • "not a lot you can really do" : Yup. Or a triple-confirmation page ;-)) ? Jun 30, 2009 at 13:12

It is possible to self-delete accounts now, provided those accounts have no significant activity. Specifically, no votes and no posts. See this answer for more details.

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    "no significant activity" thus includes "no votes"? I've inactive accounts on among others Skeptics and StackApps. The one on Skeptics has not ever voted, so I could delete it. The one on StackApps has only 1 vote (and further totally no activity), but I couldn't delete it.
    – user138231
    Aug 11, 2011 at 16:57
  • So as soon as I have answered a question I can't unsubscribe again? Aug 11, 2011 at 17:02
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    Maybe it should ask for confirmation? I clicked the "delete" link on the English SE by accident, and it immediately removed my account (which had only one or two comments on the main site, but accepted answers on meta). My posts now just say user4438.
    – Jan Fabry
    Aug 12, 2011 at 9:59
  • @Jan, but you can just receate a new account, as your account on English.SE had nothing in it. Aug 24, 2011 at 11:48
  • @Ian: It did have something (but indeed not much): one meta post with upvotes and a comment on the main site with upvotes. But my main request was for a confirmation, because it is an immediate action now.
    – Jan Fabry
    Aug 24, 2011 at 13:52
  • @Jan Is there a bug with not checking for meta posts with upvotes? Aug 24, 2011 at 14:09
  • @Ian: All I can say is that Jeff defined "no significant activity" as "no votes and no posts", but that I was able (by accident) to delete my English account, which had a meta post with upvotes. So either they missed meta in the check, or Jeff's definition needs to be clarified.
    – Jan Fabry
    Aug 25, 2011 at 6:01
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    @JeffAtwood Does flagging count as significant activity? My History account has no votes and no posts, but I signed in once to flag a series of offensive posts and the "delete" link doesn't appear in my profile. Is that by design?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 15, 2011 at 18:45

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