Questions tagged [deleted-accounts]

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The username “please delete me” to delete an account may have a (big) problem

You can see how to delete an account in Can I delete my account?. I don't particularly like the system but anyway, I think it has some kind of a flaw (or a "danger"). Since the username in Stack&...
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When a user is deleted, OP highlighting is lost

Deleted: Not Deleted:
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How can I delete my account…? [duplicate]

Recent events have made it clear to me that after giving up attempts to create a friendly environment years ago, Stack Exchange now prioritises identity politics over everything else. This is not an ...
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Why has my Software Engineering profile not been deleted yet? [duplicate]

As you can see, this was scheduled to be deleted 2 days ago. Why is it still not processed?
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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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Licensing question: Should Stack Exchange delete all my questions and answers when my account gets closed?

While Stack Exchange can claim that all posts here are automatically CC BY-SA, that would fail when a user deletes their account (or gets banned) as they then become user5876892 or whatever. So ...
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Stack Exchange keeps creating new accounts

I am not sure if this is designed this way or if I am doing something wrong. In order for me to even post this question, it asked me to "Confirm new account" and at this point I already know that it ...
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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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Why was this bounty vote deleted?

Someone awarded a bounty to me on this answer and then deleted their account. Normally, I would still keep the bounty reputation, and it would be attributed to the Community user. However, in this ...
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Are bounties given by deleted users maintained or deleted?

Indeed, there is a difference in the answers of the two moderators Grace Note and Nick Craver. I quote Grace Note in her comment on an answer to Bounties from deleted accounts should still be awarded;...
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Why not auto-convert posts made by deleted users to community wiki?

Speaking from personal experience, substantial edits to existing answers are usually rejected because the reviewer may not always be an expert in the topic discussed even if they are, some are ...
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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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All my Stack Overflow history of answers and reputation disappeared [closed]

I am not sure what's going on, but none of my history is showing... The questions that I answered show my answer, but they show user******** as the user, rather than my name...
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Amend autosuspension of deleted accounts to include recreation for Sockpuppet deletions?

Related: Automatically suspend accounts recreated after a moderator deleted the original Recently downstream on Ask Ubuntu, an account was deleted for being a sockpuppet of another account. Within ...
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Username of a deleted user visible on CW posts [duplicate]

It seems to me that if a user makes a post on an SE site, the post is made community wiki, and then the user deletes the account, the post still shows their username. I am not sure if producing ...
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Should we delete spammers' accounts?

We just had a new user from Nigeria (hah!) post spam as an answer, and then as a comment to their own answer. Sample: Loan offer @ 2% Do you need financial help, A loan to pay up bills, debts or ...
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Change text for case when deletion process is waiting for SE employee approval

вчера эта учётная запись будет удалена. "5 часов назад эта учётная запись будет удалена". For high-rep users, as we know, "human being needed to push a few buttons". But the message didn't ...
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Association bonus after deleting the network profile

If you use SE and get the association bonus, proceed to delete your profiles from all SE sites and have your network profile deleted, and then create a new SE profile using the same credentials, will ...
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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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Has anyone ever been expelled from Stack Exchange?

Reading through the Code of Conduct, the tours, etc., I noticed that people could have their accounts expelled! I thought this was fairly severe and, thus, wanted to know whether it had happened ...
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Is it possible to find (the undeleted) posts of a deleted user?

What happens to (good) posts when a user is deleted, and can I find them by userid, either on site or via SEDE?
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What can highly-active users who want to delete their accounts expect if their account is held up for review for vote preservation?

It's a known fact that users who've cast a lot of votes qualify for potentially having their votes preserved in case they request their account be deleted. In that case, an employee has to go through ...
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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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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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How can I prevent my questions from being removed by roomba (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) after a user was removed?

The removal of a user might result in the loss of upvotes on some of my questions, which might in turn result in roomba* (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) deleting some of my ...
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Always preserve votes from users who are voluntarily removed

Refer here. Summarily invalidating all votes from a user who has asked for their account to be removed is both incredibly disruptive and unnecessary. If a user asks to be removed from the site, they ...
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Is there a limit for “user was deleted” being propagated as reputation being removed? [duplicate]

Today I saw the following: Clearly the removed user has voted a tremendous number of times on politics and it is plausible that this is related to voting irregularity. However, I remember that ...
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What's the next step if I request an account deletion and after a reasonable amount of time, nothing happens?

I recently requested deletion of my Stack Exchange account on just one specific Stack Exchange site. I followed the instructions here: How can I delete my account? I made the request nine calendar ...
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Bad moderators behavior - Account deleted without any reason [closed]

I was deleted from Italian SE, my username was DaniChi, now I see “user5372". I opened yet a ticket on May, 1st and my daughter (Marybnq) opened one too but for now, we had no response. My daughter’s ...
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Does deleting your profile and starting a new one violate any rules?

I have learned recently that I can delete my account and start a new one. Now there are some rules to this for example if you are in a suspension the suspension and/or ban would continue under the new ...
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When an account is scheduled for deletion, make every action reset the timer

Consider the following scenario: A high-reputation user schedules their account for deletion – which has 24 hours time. 23 hours and fifty minutes later, the user engages in vandalic activity. This ...
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Migrated questions with a nonexistent author should still show the author's name in the questions list

I just noticed this question. Its author doesn't have an account on this site, which makes it show up like this on the homepage: It looks like a simple thing - but it gets in the way of the 'flow'...
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How can I delete my Stack Exchange Data Explorer account?

How can I delete an account on the Stack Exchange data explorer? I can't find any way to request the deletion when logged in to the account. (Note that SEDE is an independent system. SEDE accounts ...
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Sudden Death phenomenon?

I will start with the question/discussion topic then follow with what motivated me to post this. How can it be that ordinary member of the community with valid existing questions and activity ...
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Why do I get -2 point of reputation from “user was removed”, apparently for an accepted answer?

Recently, I got -2 of reputation from a removed user. I was able to track it down to the fact, that I have accepted an answer from a removed user. The green checkmark is still there and I see no ...
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Comment upvotes aren't removed when the vote owner's account is deleted [duplicate]

I recently realized by accident that, when deleting your account, your comment upvotes are not removed, unlike up/down votes. Just as an example, I posted this comment on a site where I didn't ...
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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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Area 51 accounts can't be deleted by the user, but the system prevents users from using the contact form

If a user wants to delete their Area 51 account, it's not possible to do so through the normal settings. The account deletion FAQ says to contact SE if one wants their Area 51 account deleted. When I ...
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“Can't move comments without an account” issue

Mod on academia, went to migrate comments to chat, got a notice: Turns out one user had deleted his account in the interim. Issue is, hell if I care that you can't move comments without an account... ...
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Do we lose users (users voluntarily deleting their account)?

This question is triggered by a discussion in Tavern on the Meta. Shog9 provided us with data on chat activity and after the Stack Overflow criticism "Suffering on Stack Overflow" the chat activity ...
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Is there any down side to cleaning up unused/unwanted SE accounts?

I prefer to delete old accounts that I no longer use or want, for privacy and security reasons. Say I have an account on a SE sub-site. It's at the default score, or maybe +/-5. So usually in the ...
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Allow to search by user id when user is deleted [duplicate]

Specifying the user:<id> option to the search string allows you to search for posts written by specified user. That also includes the wiki posts, which are considered community owned (almost ...
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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 ...
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'Page Not Found' when (re)creating account from the 'account deletion completed' page

When you delete one of your profiles, you end up at this page: https://stackoverflow.com/users/delete/completed After clicking the blue 'Join this community' button in the top bar, you'll reach the ...
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Why did I lose 5 reputation after a “user was removed”? [duplicate]

On my Math.SE account, it says "user was removed" and 5 reputation was deducted. What does this mean?
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Differentiating why votes are removed on user deletion

According to Shog9's post, there are two and only two reasons why votes are removed when an account is deleted: Some thresholds relating to vote count and number of people affected are not breached. ...
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Delete an account I made by accident on Stack Overflow [closed]

I accidentally made another account when trying to switch between Google accounts. Its name is user333673. And I also asked a question on it without realising it was not my "real" account. So can a ...
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Is it possible to delete one of my accounts after they were merged?

My two different accounts were merged into a single one. So, I would like to delete one of the accounts. Is this possible? If yes, then how can I do this and is there any consequence to this on ...
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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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Deleted account from Stack Overflow still accessible on Meta

I have created one account (another) on Stack Overflow and was able to login with Meta Stack Exchange without joining this community. Then I have deleted that account from Stack Overflow, and I ...