Questions tagged [deleted-accounts]

Use it for questions about user accounts that have been deleted or the process of that deletion.

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Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted

Currently, when a moderator deletes a user all of the user's votes are removed along with the user themselves. I was pretty surprised at this behaviour when I first heard about it, and I don't think ...
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How can I delete my account?

How can I delete my Stack Exchange account(s)? Also, What happens to my content? Can I request it be deleted as well? What if I'm suspended, rate-limited, or banned from posting questions or answers? ...
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Wiping votes on deletion of highly active accounts (-865 points on “User was removed”)

Update As MadScientist quite aptly pointed out this is also highly relevant: Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted at +523 votes, feature-request I was greeted by this screen just an ...
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A question should not be deleted by the user deletion algorithm if it has upvoted answers

As I found out earlier today, users who are deleted have their negatively-scored questions deleted, even if those questions have upvoted answers. This goes against established conventions, for two ...
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Auto-delete/destroy 1 rep user when their post is deleted as spam

My common workflow when I see a blatant spam post by a 1 rep user is: flag as spam (when I'm a mod this auto-deletes) go to user profile As a mod, I destroy the user. As a regular user I spam flag ...
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We've drastically simplified the user deletion process!

The short of the story here is that we have a brand new deletion process now live on all network sites, and it's simpler than it's ever been! Why a new deletion process? Well, the old one was pretty ...
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Further anonymize deleted accounts by changing the username in close/delete notices

When an account is deleted, the username in the user's posts and comments is changed to a generic user<userID>. But the username stays the same on close and delete notifications on posts the ...
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How can I leave just one site?

I have accounts on several Stack Exchange sites. I do not wish to be removed from all of them, just one or two that I never really use and am no longer interested in. Is this possible? If so, how? If ...
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Massive user removal in one night?

I woke up this morning to find that I suffered a massive drop in reputation points across the network because lots of users had been removed. What happened to those users? Was there a database ...
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When an account is deleted, don't auto delete its negatively scored posts on the meta site

Meta is different. Negatively scored questions are not always bad questions, and sometimes they have merit and draw good answers, especially discussions. When an account (in the main site) is deleted,...
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Users should not be able to wipe their record by requesting account deletion and then recreating the account

Sometimes, suspended users request deletion, which is usually provided to them. However, if they log in again with the same OpenID, a new profile is created (attached to the same network account), ...
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Add “what's this?” links to “user was removed” and “serial upvoting” in reputation history

Another day, another user confused by one of these contextless messages. Losing rep is scary and without a good explanation these users end up both confused and asking yet another duplicate question ...
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Mark all flags against a post as helpful, when the post author’s account is destroyed

A spammer made several posts on Computer Science. I went straight to destroy the account. The posts had both spam flags and custom flags. After destroying the account, at least the custom flags ...
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What is the difference between a deleted user and a “destroyed” user?

Prompted by Generic-ize a user's name when their account is destroyed, it appears there are two methods of disabling user accounts permanently: deleting and "destroying" What are the differences ...
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Add “Last Seen from IP:” To deleted/destroyed user moderator's view

When viewing a deleted user as a moderator, we get the following information: User was deleted on 4/26/2014 3:22:58 PM User: user1234 (1234) (Account.Id=123456789) deleted by Madara Uchiha (27) ...
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Delay user requests for account deletion by 24 hours

With the exception of spammers, who either just get their posts spam-flagged to death or are destroyed by a moderator, the by far most common reason for deleting a user is that the user requests ...
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I am broken: post-undelete reputation issues

Specifically FAO Tim Post I guess, but this is probably going to relate to any StackExchange account that has previously been deleted and then put back together by the kind people at StackExchange. I ...
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Could we have two types of account deletion?

Relevant TL thread: http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/9390241#9390241 Related dupe: Delete softly when using the big stick. You may want to read that first, Andrew's given a much ...
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I probably shouldn't have deleted my account, how can I get it back?

I was pretty upset the other day, and requested that my account be removed. I filled out the form and didn't cancel the deletion within 24 hours of it being scheduled. Now, I'm a little sick that I'...
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Prevent users from immediately deleting their accounts if they've made one post

I'm posting this following the discussion at Should we disallow users from immediately deleting their accounts if they've made one post?, which seems to be positive and generally in favor of doing ...
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Streamlining deletion of quality block evasion accounts

A quality block system is now in place across the network, where users who ask a series of poorly-received questions (or leave a string of inappropriate answers) are temporarily blocked from posting ...
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Which users getting removed DON'T cause rep changes? (lost 1667 rep)

According to the help on users being removed, on how you lose rep for their upvotes being removed too: This removal occurs whenever a user is deleted, unless that user had a very high reputation ...
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Association Bonus not removed upon account deletion [duplicate]

Recently a user asked a question on Meta asking about his deleted account (I won't draw attention to him or his question unless it is really necessary but shouldn't be hard to find - at least until ...
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What EXACTLY happens when I ask to delete my account?

I have meticulously read through similar questions, answers and their comments but I still do not understand how the deletion is done. From what I understand I email the customer service and then they ...
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Why is the “user was removed” message so vague? [duplicate]

The message that appears in the reputation tab of a user's profile when they gain or lose reputation due votes disappearing when another user is deleted is simply: user was removed This message is ...
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Deleted user's posts do not seem to count towards auto protection

I expected this post to be automatically protected by Community after three answers were deleted: However, that was not the case. Upon further investigation and some help from other mods , it ...
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Lost reputation from suggested edit approval on post left behind when account is deleted [duplicate]

On Programmers.SE, I edited a post (Must I provide my project source code if I use a library licensed under Apache 2.0?) back in November. Since it was a suggested edit, I earned +2 reputation when my ...
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Disallow voting from accounts which are pending deletion?

If a user's account is scheduled for deletion (i.e. they've submitted a formal request for account deletion, but the button hasn't actually been pressed yet), can they be prevented from voting? I can'...
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Give moderators easier access to annotations and CM escalations on deleted accounts

Users can have (moderator-applied) annotations and CM escalations. When they do, it's important for moderators to be able to see them. There are two different use cases, and the info is available in ...
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Self-deleted posts by deleted users don't show “deleted by owner”

I just stumbled upon this post10k on Gaming, which confused me a bit, at first. So, who is this mysterious fellow with the unlinked name? A ninja? A community moderator who fell from grace somehow? ...
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Delete softly when using the big stick [duplicate]

9/10 unicorns prefer account deletion for spammers/trolls and sock puppets with no real content of value. I think 4/5 dentists also have this preference. The Problem But there is a problem: the ...
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As per the new data retention policy, when will inactive accounts now be deleted?

Prior to May 2017, accounts used to be automatically deleted if they met certain criteria. However, in May 2017, we stopped culling inactive users (see When will inactive accounts be deleted?). Today,...
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Improve the user self-deletion process

The current process for self-deletion of a user account has several problematic aspects, both in the process itself and in the end result. Some of these issues are: The process requires manual ...
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Change the criteria for vote retention upon account removal

Earlier today some user deleted their profile and caused a lot of confusion because that user was an active voter, and that the reversal of their votes due to the removal of their accounts caused huge ...
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'User was removed' and '+200 reputation' limit

I've lost 10 reputation because of user was removed for the first time today and I'm just wondering, why there 10 points don't affect +200 daily reputation limit? To describe what I'm talking about ...
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When will inactive accounts be deleted? [duplicate]

Will inactive accounts be deleted? If so, what happens to questions and answers made by those accounts? What are the criteria for deletion?
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In 10k tools, show posts that are automatically deleted when a user's account is deleted

According to point 11 of How does deleting work? negatively voted posts are automatically deleted when a user's account is deleted: The system will automatically delete any question (and its ...
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First posts escape review when new user self-deletes account

For example, see this post on Academia (deleted now.) It's clearly intended to be a comment, but was posted as an answer. The content of the post is: +1 to @ff524♦'s comment-I know that you have ...
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How can I find posts related to lost reputation due to a “user was removed” message?

Today I noticed that my reputation got truncated by 64 points, and when I looked at my reputation history, I saw a bunch of lines notifying me of points removal along to a "user was removed" message. ...
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Prevent repeat offenders from using association bonus / nuke all acounts network wide

I've run into, what I hope, is an odd edge case... Back Story: What started as a disagreement over rolling back an edit, resulted in some revenge voting, and when I was looking into it, I noticed ...
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Make searches for user:xxx work for deleted users as well

We can do searches for content by user with the syntax user:xxx where xxx equals the user number. However, this does not work with deleted users. This could be useful for the same reasons the user-...
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Prevent account deletion for 24 hours after edits or deletions of posts

I encountered an interesting abuse of the system today where a user setup an account deletion. Knowing how long it would take for the deletion to process, immediately before it would become active, ...
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Destroying a user can leave a bounty open on a deleted question

This question is a bit of an odd case. The user placed a bounty on it, then engaged in a rollback war culminating with a lock. He then requested his account to be deleted. It was. The question, which ...
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Don't revert reputation from suggested edits when reviewer's account is deleted

I noticed something strange in the reputation of one of my accounts today: Never saw "reverted" event before, so went to one of the suggested edits and realized what happened: the user who ...
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Curiosity fell over the cliff (aka what happened here??)

Once upon a time there was a user named Curiosity. That user got fair share of questions with what appears to be fair upvotes: Examples: one, two, three Then came this question where a user ...
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Is it possible to circumvent a suspension?

I think there is a way to circumvent a suspension. I don't know if it's a bug or by design. A week ago on Travel.SE, a user was suspended for 90 days, and thereupon he decided to delete his account on ...
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Eeeeek! Why are there undead accounts in my Area 51 flair?

1.5 months ago, I had some accounts removed and dissociated. My Area 51 "flair" still shows icons from one of the old accounts, though, and includes their reputation: . It is not the case of flair ...
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Unregistered user can delete his account, even when having upvoted questions or answers

Today I found a new question on Crypto.SE (with nonsense content), posted by a non-existing user account. The question is now deleted, but devs should be able to look it up: https://crypto....
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Bounty notice for bounty offered by deleted/banned user has blank username

Looking at this question, a bounty was offered by a user apparently no longer active on the site. The bounty notification is now displaying incorrectly. This should be changed to have something in ...
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Can /u/<userID> redirect to /users/<userID> even for deleted users (for moderators)?

For a non-deleted user, following a link of the form <sitename>.stackexchange.com/u/<userID> will redirect to the user page <sitename>.stackexchange.com/users/<userID>. (Try it ...