noroom, on 07 November 2010 - 16:33, said:
I agree. Neowin is turning out to be worse than Facebook.
You have no idea how databases work, do you? Just stop displaying the username in the post for deleted users, just show "[deleted user]" or something like that as the author, and keep the contents. You should even scrap the entire userID from the database, and replace it to point to a special entity, the deleted user. Regarding other people having typed your username in their posts, nothing you can do about that.
what i do know that in practice on the numerous forums i've used in the past decade that after accounts have been deleted that had posts, and the more posts the more likely this was to happen, that the DB screwed up in various ways(some comical), performance of the forum became painful to use, and in 2/3 cases the entire DB had to be purged and the forums started from scratch.
i'm sure there have been improvements to both DB and forum software to not delete the critical info that would mess up the DB, but in a best case scanrio, when it comes to deletions there would still be place holder posts saying "deleted" or something similar with a placeholder account, when according to the EULA you are not entitled to that because your posts become the property of the forum owners while they claim no liability for the content thereof which is enforced through active moderation to keep out illegal info from teh public eye while retaining records there of for future court cases if subpoenaed.
even 4chan doesn't purge all records of you having been there.
as for your personal info, you are more than free to delete that info or never have shared it in teh first place, and if you are dumb enough to post your personal info on teh internet such as neowin, the staff here have said they will go back and delete it for you at your request.