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

I'm not gonna call this completed; as you and everyone else reading this know, we do still throw away some votes for some user-deletions... and probably always will for the reasons you noted in your ...
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We've drastically simplified the user deletion process!

This sounds great! It should reduce frustration all around. Just one thing... as a user, even a super-careful one (like I think I am), I'd like to have the option to require confirmation via email (...
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A question should not be deleted by the user deletion algorithm if it has upvoted answers

I agree that good answers shouldn't automatically be lost without the chance for human review. The Roomba doesn't delete in this case, so it's counter-intuitive that deleting a user does. Further, ...
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How can I find posts related to lost reputation due to a "user was removed" message?

Today I discovered by accident that this information is (sometimes) visible in your personal timeline/feed in the Stack Exchange app: These two -10s corresponds to this -20 "user was removed" entry ...
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A question should not be deleted by the user deletion algorithm if it has upvoted answers

So... We've been talking about this internally for as long as I can remember. I was sitting on a call as a newly-hired part-timer, in my attic, arguing over this. I get the intent: a deleted user is ...
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As per the new data retention policy, when will inactive accounts now be deleted?

As you can imagine, we have a large number of users who essentially opened an account, never did anything, forgot they created an account and stopped visiting the site. Rather than holding on to that ...
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Prevent users from immediately deleting their accounts if they've made one post

The logic for when immediate self-deletions are allowed has been changed. This option is now only open to users who have not posted anything (who have less than 101 rep). Once a user has posted ...
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Massive user removal in one night?

There's no such thing as a database cleanup that would affect reputation, because we don't automatically delete profiles that have voted. One or more users deleted their profiles, and there's really ...
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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?

Note: The support team has now taken over responsibility for processing this queue and has set up a schedule for making sure it gets processed. How long do they need to wait? The support team is ...
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Licensing question: Should Stack Exchange delete all my questions and answers when my account gets closed?

No, by deleting your account, you are also requesting that your attribution be removed from all of your posts, which the CC licenses (2.5, 3.0, and 4.0) allow. You are notified of this fact at the ...
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Why do users get removed? Am I next?

Generally no. It takes quite a bit to have a user removed, and it's usually things that are really dumb, like serial voting (for badges or revenge), sockpuppets or extreme examples of trolling. Spam ...
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Which users getting removed DON'T cause rep changes? (lost 1667 rep)

When users are checked before committing a deletion, two things are checked. Well, more than two, but these are two that figure highly into the vote preservation determination. Their reputation level ...
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Massive user removal in one night?

The votes may have been reversed because the user was determined to have been engaging in voting fraud. According to the latest documentation on how the decision is made to preserve votes for deleted ...
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Stack Overflow closed my account due to upvoting my friends

Upvoting your friends is not allowed here. While we encourage everyone to upvote great posts, the motivation for doing so needs to be anchored in the merits of the post, not the person who wrote it. ...
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Does deleting your profile and starting a new one violate any rules?

Yes, it violates the rules. As was pointed out in the comments, you've been told this before, right here on Meta.SE. It confused me on Aviation.SE when I saw the New User flag on your name, since I ...
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Why was my previous account deleted automatically and how to get it back?

The previous account on math.se was deleted by a moderator - the reason given was that it was a sock puppet for a different account. That other account has been suspended for voting irregularities.
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Change the way deleted users are shown in the Community Moderator Elections page

I find using the Community user there very confusing. And I know who the community user is, it would be far more confusing to new users. If we don't need a specific user to be there, and presumably we ...
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Cogsci deleting my account

The moderator there stated: Your account was deleted since it was created with the intention of avoiding a suspension. This means you have one of two options: If you know you did something that ...
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Lost reputation from suggested edit approval on post left behind when account is deleted

This actually looks like a bug to me. As far as I can see, that's what happened: You suggested the edit. OP of question approved the edit. You got +2. Account of question OP got deleted, hence the ...
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Prevent repeat offenders from using association bonus / nuke all acounts network wide

You've got a few options here: Just keep nuking the account. He'll get bored eventually. Instead of deleting the account, suspend it. That way, the account can't be re-created to obtain the ...
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Can I destroy SE employee accounts which are incorrectly listed as moderators on a meta site?

No, please don't destroy them. There are some behind-the-scenes things like annotations and such (some of these can also exist at the network level) and I think those would become anonymized - which ...
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We've drastically simplified the user deletion process!

Overall I think this change is excellent. However, I want to see some extra safety added: all the user has to do is check a box to confirm they understand and then click the big button at the ...
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Bad moderators behavior - Account deleted without any reason

Based on the comment trail, your account was deleted because it was violating the rules surrounding voting, and your daughter's account was suspended because it was seen as the base account for ...
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Has anyone ever been expelled from Stack Exchange?

We don't have a feature on the site called "expel". But yes, accounts do occasionally get deleted for reasons listed below, and we occasionally block IP addresses from locations receiving ...
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All my Stack accounts got mysteriously deleted

Your "about me" section stated you were under 13, which means we can't store any of your data. Upon account deletion, the system should've shot you an email with some information about why this ...
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How to delete my Area 51 user account?

This is ... not working as it should be. A quick workaround would be to follow the steps to the point where you confirm ownership of your profile by placing 'delete me' somewhere in the 'about me' ...
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Comment votes can be easily gamed by users with the association bonus

As I said in the comments, the votes are deleted, but the denormalized Score stored on the comment itself is not updated. I spent some time looking into a fix and, after further discussion with Nick ...
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What happens to unresolved flags raised by a recently deleted user?

When a user is deleted, their flags are assigned to Community, and the status of unresolved flags is set to UserDeleted with the exception of "Other" flags which are kept unresolved (and thus will ...
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Can ♦ moderators access information (such as a log) for deleted user accounts?

Okay, so I'm answering this one definitively. I deleted a sock on the site I moderate, and if I go to a post that I edited with that account, I see, userxyz. I then go to https://iot.stackexchange....
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Does deleting your profile and starting a new one violate any rules?

You've asked this before, and justify the circumvention as, "It's too harsh", or, "I can never work my way out of the ban". The question ban is not a glitch. It was never a glitch. It's supposed to ...
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