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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Asking ...
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How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?

What circumstances can cause a question or answer to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? How can a post be deleted? When can't I delete my own post? Can I still see my post even after it's ...
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Creative Commons Licensing UI and Data Updates

When we last updated you to clarify concerns and answer questions about our transition to version 4.0 of the CC BY-SA license we committed to posting updates to the UI and addressing unanswered ...
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How do "badges" work?

What are badges? How do users get badges? How can users get tag badges? Can badges be lost/revoked/taken away after they are awarded? If so, how and when? How can I suggest a new badge? For more ...
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Users need to be able to remove themselves and all their data from the site

Many users no longer feel safe participating here and don't feel comfortable with SE having data about them. While there is a way to delete your account which will result in all your posts being ...
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There needs to be a way to delete content or disassociate your account from said content [duplicate]

I know this has probably been beaten to death, but there really needs to be a way to remove yourself from posted content. I understand deleting content has its issues, but certainly you should be able ...
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Who owns the content I post?

Does Stack Exchange own the content that I post? What do I do if I want all of my posts and my user account deleted? Return to FAQ Index
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Could we have a Help Center page on disassociating posts?

As a moderator I sometimes1 find myself needing to explain disassociation to a user, usually one who has tried to delete posts that he's belatedly realized are connected to him. It'd sure be handy if ...
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What happens to bounties on a post dissociation?

I've been reading this question about a user getting a bounty in a dishonest way. My suggestion was to dissociate that answer from the user's account, but I wasn't sure if that would remove the bounty....
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Does it make sense to have a negative rep cap for Meta posts?

I've been thinking (and posting) a lot about voting and one issue that's come up over and over is the chilling effect that downvoting can have on Meta discussions and feature-requests. Downvoting is ...
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Do I have a right for references to my username to be anonymized if I delete my account?

I'm posting this from an anonymous account for privacy reasons. I understand that, should I remove my account, content remains available. However, there are many references to my username scattered ...
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Question disowned by author/moderator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove my name from a post, in accordance with CC:WIKI? I saw this question a minute after it was posted, whose author was our friendly neighborhood moderator ...
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Is there a way to make one of my questions private and not visible from my profile?

Is there a way to make a question or answer I post not visible in my profile?
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Should moderators be able to undelete any comment, including self-deletions?

Moderators were granted the ability to undelete comments, primarily to make cleaning up long comment threads more efficient. The idea was for the moderator to purge all comments, then selectively ...
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How do I disassociate a question from my account? [duplicate]

Say I asked a question that gained some attention but also want to not be connected to the question in case my workplace stumbles upon it since it questions the company I'm working for. How can I ...

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