Questions tagged [deleted-accounts]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to recover an account deleted at the SE team level?

Is it possible to recover an account that was explicitly deleted by a Stack Exchange team member (as opposed to an elected diamond moderator)? That is, the kind of account where the user requested the ...
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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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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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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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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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When the last editor is deleted, the gravatar of the post owner is shown instead

I ran into an old answer of mine and saw my gravatar twice on a single answer. Apparently, the guy who edited the post had his account deleted, and the site engine is failing to display something ...
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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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How to delete my Area 51 user account?

I have accounts in Stack Overflow, Programmers, Unix & Linux and Area 51. I don't want to continue my Area 51 account, so I planned to delete my Area 51 account. I have performed the following ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Accounts still there hours after deletion countdown completed

I have 3 accounts that I am deleting - however, several hours after the 24 hour (+ grace period - end about 4-5 hours ago), the countdown completed, but disappeared and the accounts are still there. ...
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Possibility to delete our account [duplicate]

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 ...
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How does one delete a chat profile?

The process of deleting a site profile is explained in Help Center and elsewhere. But I don't see any instructions for requesting the deletion of one's chat profile. (Why delete it? To disassociate ...
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Do we lose rep for an accepted answer if the OP account is deleted?

I appear to have the accepted answer to this question, and a rep audit on 7th December showed the +15 rep. But an audit today no longer shows this acceptance, even though the green tick displays when ...
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When an account is deleted how much of personal data is retained about the account?

When an account is deleted does it retain any personal information about the user so that a later recovery be possible (some sort of logic delete like for deleted answers) or is it a physical (...
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Deleting Individual SE Accounts [duplicate]

Is there any way to remove individual SE accounts for particular SE sites? So in other words, say I want to keep my current Stack Overflow account just like it is. But say I want to delete my ...
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Zombie comments (aka wrong comments count when destroying a spammer who posted comments)

I noticed here (10k only) that there is "show 2 more comments": Clicking it has no effect. Viewing the raw server response, it simply returns the existing comments. This is most likely the ...
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I have 24 accounts, how can I delete them all in one go?

Is there a way to delete all stack exchange accounts at the same time? I also want to remove all traces of my posts on the site. Is that possible? Will I have to delete all of my posts manually? ...
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How should chat user and content removals be handled?

When a user requests deletion on a Q&A site, the resulting process will delete their profile page and all associated content, and subsequently anonymize all of their posts and comments (except for ...
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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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Where has my account gone on Stack Overflow? Is it deleted?

I have been a Stack Overflow user for months, had 1000+ reputation, 1 silver badge, and 8 bronze badges. I just logged it few days ago, and it was working fine, but now I can't log in any more. In ...
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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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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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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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Bounty notices are attributed to no one when the owner is deleted

In some cases where a user offers a bounty and then is deleted, it seems Community becomes the owner of the bounty. If the bounty was started with a bounty notice, the revision history no longer has ...
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Deleted user's posts showing in 'First Posts' queue

On Scifi.SE, a user had their account deleted this morning. Also this morning, about half a dozen of "their" posts were in the First Posts queue. The posts were all roughly a month old, and they all ...
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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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When does the community user delete a question? [duplicate]

I just noticed that Community ♦ deleted this question, probably the same time the asker deleted his account (I can see a User was removed for the same timestamp in my rep log). I've seen why does ...
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Questions voluntarily deleted by their authors, who later delete their accounts show to <10k users as “removed for reasons for moderation”

This question was voluntarily removed by its author. The author then deleted their account. Generally, when the author deletes their own question, the "not found" error message shown to <10k users ...
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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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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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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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Why isn't the username obfuscated as one of the close-voters once the user is deleted? [duplicate]

We recently had this Meta question on Ask Ubuntu which showed that "Mik" had cast a close-vote on one of the questions however his profile wasn't linked. It became clear later on in the answers and ...
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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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Allow mod accept for deleted users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moderators accepting answers on user’s behalf after a certain time period Sometimes there's a question with an unaccepted answer that was asked by a currently inactive ...
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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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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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Should we disallow users from immediately deleting their accounts if they've made one post?

When a user wants to delete their account, if they have posted 0 or 1 times, their account is deleted immediately; otherwise, they have to wait 24 hours for their account to be deleted after ...
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Mark an answer for a question from a deleted account

I was recently browsing through my answers and found this question where the author indicated they were able to solve their issue with a solution similar to answer I provided. Problem is that the ...