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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 proposal. But we have a system in place to prevent the most disruptive forms of vote deletion, and we've been using it for a while now without major issues. ...


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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 (or password challenge, h/t Servy) before an irrevocable (and unlikely) action takes place. Just in case I were to accidentally leave myself logged in somewhere ...


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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, these auto-deletions don't even go to the 10k review page for deletions -- not that we should expect people to regularly review those anyway (the interface is ...


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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 never going to come back and fix their post. They're never going to provide clarification, accept an answer, approve edits, or otherwise participate... ...But ...


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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 data forever, we plan to delete an account if a user: hasn't visited the site in the last two years and never asked or answered a question and has a reputation ...


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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 anything on the site (even if they subsequently delete the post), they will no longer be afforded the immediate account deletion option, and will have to go through ...


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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 in my profile: That means it's available via the Stack Exchange API, using the Reputation History call: Go to this page Change the site with the [edit] link (...


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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 not anything further we can discuss about the topic for privacy reasons.


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This is something that we used to be able to do, but simply can't unless your account was deleted erroneously by an employee or moderator. Recently, we made a change that schedules deletions to take place 24 hours after being initiated, a process you can cancel up until the last second by visiting your profile page and clicking the link to abort the deletion....


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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 automatically poked and prodded to check and process the queue every Wednesday and Friday. Someone may browse the queue more often than that, but Wednesday and ...


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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 time you delete your account, so there is no license violation on SE's part by keeping your posts here.


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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 bots get nuked too, but that's generally a net gain. If you're going to get your account deleted, and you're a real user, chances are you'd get at least a ...


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Well, those are two really different questions...! Yes, deletion means your account is removed from the database. That's your account on the site where you requested deletion - the entry in the Users table that once represented you and linked together all of your various actions on the site is hard deleted and cannot be queried for or restored. If the ...


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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 is checked, and also the votes they've cast. The important thing about this latter point, is that it isn't just the raw number of votes checked, but also where ...


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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 users, reputation is not checked when the system decides to field a voluntary deletion request to employees for potential vote preservation, only the user's ...


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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 knew you weren't new. I'd say you're lucky the Aviation mods only gave you a 30-day suspension, based on your posts across multiple SE sites and your repeated ...


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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. Stack Exchange works by ensuring that the best information rises to the top. Voting specifically for content that benefits your friends, family or colleagues ...


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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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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 don't since we don't have one now, why not use something that clearly indicates that the user has been deleted? Something like this, with a generic user card:


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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 deserved a suspension, don't try to pretend you didn't - just gracefully accept the consequences and learn from it. You absolutely will not win that battle. If,...


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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 approval moved to the Community user. Due to some bug, you lost the +2


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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 bottom to delete their profile. That's it! Currently that means I just click these three things and my account's gone: In general, close-proximity link clicks ...


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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 sockpuppeting. Let's go over this: Vote on the content, and the content alone. Not who posts it. Not because you think it deserved an upvote. Not because you ...


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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 chronic abuse; yes. ⚪ delete Deletes this user account, denormalizes identity on any posts they own, and deletes any negatively voted posts they own. Does not ...


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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 happened too — please check your inbox for it. Unfortunately, that means I'll have to delete this profile now too. If you think this was a misunderstanding, please ...


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It's not possible to circumvent a suspension. I can't go into details of that specific account, as the issue is being handled privately. It surrounds an account removal that was made in error, due to a series of unfortunate mistakes which we've attributed directly to holes in annotations the system makes during the new account removal countdown process. The ...


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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' section of your profile, and then e-mailing team@stackexchange.com directly with: Subject: Please delete my Area 51 profile Make certain that you put a link ...


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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 association bonus. (Votes can be invalidated manually by a super-♦) Contact a Community Manager to apply a network-wide suspension. (These are all only possible if you'...


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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 Craver, I have to be the bearer of bad news here - we can't fix it at this point. Not without spending a lot of effort on setting up special infrastructure to ...


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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.com/users/userxyz, and I see: As you can see at the bottom of the screenshot, you can see a list of posts created by the user. Since I hadn't created any with ...


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