As most of you will know, we have recently had some significant debate around the issue of deleting user accounts on these boards: Is it possible, who is it (not) possible for, what are the different options, etc. A lot of conflicting information was posted even from us admins/mods, so here is an attempt to clear up some of the confusion:
It is now possible to fully delete user accounts, should the need arise. We will first need to get the system to delete all posts ever made by the user in question, and then the user profile itself can be deleted. Not anonymised, but completely gone.
We will generally prefer to anonymise accounts/posts or suspend users, as these options don’t mess up threads etc. quite as much. However, we are of course open to completely nuking an account if there is sufficient reason. “I need a break for a week” will typically not be sufficient reason. “DiS is harmful to my mental health and I need to break away from it” would probably be sufficient reason. We will very much look at these cases on an individual basis.
If you have come to us in the past and requested that your account be deleted, but we have not given you the option of full and total deletion of your posts and account, it is because we haven’t had that option before quite recently. We always try to explain what options are available for each individual user, and in the past this will have varied based on how much you have posted, how long you have been a member, etc.
We can currently delete posts that are up to 1460 days old, ie. 4 years. If someone who have older posts than that should need to get their account deleted, we will look into it when it happens and inform you of which options are available.
We have both @moderators and @admins on these boards. For requests about deleting accounts, it is preferable if you contact admins (ie. me and @wewerewerewolvesonce – you can contact us individually or by using the @admins tag). However, if you personally feel more comfortable contacting one of the @moderators, then please feel free to do so – it’s simply a matter of staying on top of things for us two admins.
I will probably have forgotten something here, so do feel free to put forward any questions you might have – in this thread or via DM or whatever.
wr & wwwwo
& the mod squad