No option to delete the account

One should be able to delete the account.

It really depends on what you want from that deletion.

I agree there should be a way to remove the evidence of your involvement from the community, should you wish (often called the right to be forgotten), and that does exist. Should you wish, we can anonymize your account, which removes your profile, replaces your username with a randomly-generated one, and so on. No trace is left of you as a user of the forum.

However, the discussions you have participated in are part of the history of the community. Topics like Cannot deprecate a collection plugin would make no sense if your messages were removed but others were left behind. We’re happy to go back and redact where private information might have actually been shared, but removal of all messages would materially impact the community.

If you do want to anonymise your account, let us know and we can do that for you - we’ll be sad to see you go, but your have the right to do so.


The old (conservative) method is to convert the account to Deleted user/etc. I don’t think you need to go beyond that, so a basic button in the account settings should be enough.

Right, we’re basically saying the same thing then - anonymise the account. As it stands today, the button for that is on the Admin side, so it has to be requested - there isn’t a way to enable it for users directly, so it’d need to be an upsteam feature request rather than something we can set up here.

It’s not clear to me if this is a hypothetical discussion or if you do actually want to remove your account - so I won’t just yet :stuck_out_tongue:. Let me know if you need me to push that button.