64 votes

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 (...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
52 votes
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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 ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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48 votes
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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 ...
Anita Taylor's user avatar
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45 votes
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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 ...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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44 votes
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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 ...
Shog9's user avatar
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40 votes

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 ...
animuson's user avatar
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33 votes
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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 ...
animuson's user avatar
  • 189k
33 votes

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 ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
30 votes
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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 ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
26 votes

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 ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
24 votes
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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 ...
Ward - Trying Codidact's user avatar
24 votes

Could we have longer automatic suspensions for destroyed profiles, and better communication with these users?

Thanks for the request! Starting with the next build, users destroyed for posting spam and users deleted as "no longer welcome to participate" will be automatically suspended from 365 days.
Adam Lear's user avatar
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22 votes

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.
Oded's user avatar
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22 votes

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 ...
fbueckert's user avatar
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22 votes

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 ...
terdon's user avatar
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21 votes

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 ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
21 votes

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 ...
JNat's user avatar
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20 votes
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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 ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
20 votes
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Why has my account disappeared without any notifications or warnings?

The short version: Alberto's account did in fact "disappear" recently. This was attributed to an erasure request in the past that was inadvertently included in an otherwise intentional ...
Aaron Bertrand's user avatar
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19 votes
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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, user#####. I then go to https://iot.stackexchange....
anonymous2's user avatar
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19 votes
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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 ...
Adam Lear's user avatar
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19 votes

Has Stack Overflow removed any accounts or content linked to Russian influence?

While we don't generally go into details - as far as the mod grapevine goes I've not heard of any such thing. We would certainly be buzzing over something like this happening. Admittedly most of the ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
18 votes

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 ...
fbueckert's user avatar
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17 votes
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Change the way deleted users are shown in the Community Moderator Elections page

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I have gone ahead and used the image from Rand's comment. Election results are update on SciFi and Philosophy. I appreciate everyone's efforts here.
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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16 votes

Disallow voting from accounts which are pending deletion?

First, I should note that the person who motivated this question threw their tantrum before scheduling deletion, so this wouldn't have helped - by the time they were scheduled, they were also ...
Shog9's user avatar
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15 votes
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Further anonymize deleted accounts by changing the username in close/delete notices

This is now partially completed. First, some background. The issue had nothing to do with propagation - what you suggest was already what we were doing. The issue was the fact that when closed/...
animuson's user avatar
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15 votes
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How does one delete a chat profile?

As of today, chat accounts will be removed when the last qualifying main-site account is removed. Henceforth, deleting your Stack Overflow account will delete your associated chat account on chat....
Shog9's user avatar
  • 450k
15 votes

Is there a way to know which user was removed?

Voting is anonymous. If we revealed who placed those votes when the user was removed, it would no longer be anonymous.
Robert Cartaino's user avatar

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