Does Neowin delete member accounts? [GDPR update]


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I originally posted my question in the General Discussion forum and my thread was moved/merged with this one. I never """returned""" because I had other things to attend to in between my original post and now.

I did not know there was a policy about not deleting user accounts. I don't like the idea of having hundreds of subscription across the internet (even if I don't use them). That boils down to personal preference. I like having my subscriptions list "clean". If I move away from place A I want to leave for good. Same goes for the Facebook debate. I don't want traces to be left and nobody can argue with that. You don't have to agree with the way I see things but that does not make my way of seeing things wrong.

For those who wondered why I wanted to leave. Neowin is not what it used to be anymore, and I noticed that a while ago. Yesterday I replied to a news story only to find out the next morning that my post was DELETED without notice. And no, I did not break any rules doing so. And even if I did, I should have received a PM or a warning of some sort.

So yeah, case closed. I will remove all my personal details and block notifications.

Thanks to those who actually contributed to the debate.

xplatinum, I wasn't meaning anything negative to you about you're not returning, and I never said I disagree with your desire to have your account and info deleted. I just thought it was kind of funny that from your original post, we have this huge multi-page discussion about such a thing. That's all. Sorry I didn't actually contribute to the debate. I didn't realize there was a debate, per se.

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Toe

For the record..

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

I haven't posted on here in a long time, and in an effort to clean up my scattered online information I came across this.

In my recent experience, I have found sites like Digg, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, ect ect all have deletion available to the end user.

Forum based solutions such as Neowin (and many many others) Steadfastly refuse.

It's a bit frustrating, I have no problems with the site itself, I just personally dislike the idea of accounts that I can easily forget about and have hijacked (sadly it has happened once before.) running chaotically without my control. (for those thinking it was something to do with on my part, no sadly. It was a combination of forgot my password features and easily obtainable information (DOB, secret questions etc etc))

Edit: The best I can do for forum situations is scramble as much information as possible inc. password. But it is not the most satisfactory outcome

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Fred Derf

It is a bit different on forums. Deleting posts cause threads to be unreadable as we have members quoting posts or answering questions that no longer exist. Just think what it would do to posts that were started by a user who later deletes his account. The first reply (post #2) would become the first post and we'd all be wondering why that person started the thread (when, if fact, they didn't). It leads to much confusion.

We also wouldn't want to delete an entire thread just because the thread starter wanted to delete his account. We generally do our best to preserve content that follows the community rules and so I wouldn't want to delete the legitimate posts that answered a question even if the question asker wanted it to go away.

I could paraphrase Star Trek and suggest that the rights of the many outweigh the rights of a few (or the one).

I could further paraphrase Star Trek by suggesting this whole situation is a Kobayashi Maru for us (but at some point these Trek references get to be a bit much).

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  • 6 months later...
4wer63trd6tg6

Apologies for bumping such an old thread, but is there a way to edit posts that quote your username which also happens to contain your full name?

I've cleaned out as much as I can and there are just two posts remaining, but they require editing by the quoter and apparently editing old posts is not possible.

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Steven P.

Yes, PM me those particular posts and I will edit them for you.

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bryonhowley

I dont agree with deletion either.

On an aside I registered here on September 10 2004 but didnt post on the forums until Jan 25 2005, so 4 months. I still came daily, read news and such just didn't post. Duno why but I tend to ghosts forums a bit until I jump in and really join in with the discussions. Probably see a similar behaviour on other forums I visit. So yeah, I don't like post count being a bar for whether a user should be deleted or not and it's really not necessary.

Same here I joined in 2002 but did not post for a long time but was reading news and post a few times a day.

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Andre S.

The members base could use some clean up. Here are a few numbers from the member list, in terms of number of pages returned by a search:

All members : 12841

Members with at least 1 post: 2908 (22.6%)

Members with at least 10 posts: 1233 (9.6%)

In other words, above 75% of registered members have never posted, and above 90% do not contribute regularly. Certainly not all of those should be deleted, but I'm sure at least a good amount could, those who never activated for instance.

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Jeston

The members base could use some clean up. Here are a few numbers from the member list, in terms of number of pages returned by a search:

All members : 12841

Members with at least 1 post: 2908 (22.6%)

Members with at least 10 posts: 1233 (9.6%)

In other words, above 75% of registered members have never posted, and above 90% do not contribute regularly. Certainly not all of those should be deleted, but I'm sure at least a good amount could, those who never activated for instance.

Did you not read the OP? It clearly states why they don't delete those inactive members...

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Raa

I think they should be deleted, IMO.

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wahoospa

I can't even get them to delete my email address out of one of my posts that I didn't mean for the world to see. I send a message to one of the moderators but over 2 weeks later the email address is still there. (reason for wanting my email address out of post-- SPAM)

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Andre S.

Did you not read the OP? It clearly states why they don't delete those inactive members...

Read the rest of the thread...

We do that every now and then already.

Edit: We haven't done that for ages, we will look into this. Some members register just to see the hidden forums.

We have done at least one mass pruning of zero post users. Perhaps that was done during a board upgrade.
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gigapixels

I can't even get them to delete my email address out of one of my posts that I didn't mean for the world to see. I send a message to one of the moderators but over 2 weeks later the email address is still there. (reason for wanting my email address out of post-- SPAM)

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I would suggest not PMing a specific mod, but rather just using the report button. Sometimes we see PMs and don't have a chance to actually take care of them, and then end up forgetting about it. A report will stay open and visible until it is taken care of by somebody.

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wahoospa

I would suggest not PMing a specific mod, but rather just using the report button. Sometimes we see PMs and don't have a chance to actually take care of them, and then end up forgetting about it. A report will stay open and visible until it is taken care of by somebody.

Thanks, I'll try that.

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2_05

For the record..

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

I haven't posted on here in a long time, and in an effort to clean up my scattered online information I came across this.

In my recent experience, I have found sites like Digg, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, ect ect all have deletion available to the end user.

Forum based solutions such as Neowin (and many many others) Steadfastly refuse.

It's a bit frustrating, I have no problems with the site itself, I just personally dislike the idea of accounts that I can easily forget about and have hijacked (sadly it has happened once before.) running chaotically without my control. (for those thinking it was something to do with on my part, no sadly. It was a combination of forgot my password features and easily obtainable information (DOB, secret questions etc etc))

Edit: The best I can do for forum situations is scramble as much information as possible inc. password. But it is not the most satisfactory outcome

 

Same here, guess you have to start spamming in order to be deleted.

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metallithrax

Same here, guess you have to start spamming in order to be deleted.

 

No, just remove what you don't want - which in your case can't be much seeing as you only have 1 post, then leave.

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Eric

Same here, guess you have to start spamming in order to be deleted.

That won't delete your account. You'll be flagged for spamming and your IP and account will be banned, but will still remain.

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LimeMaster

Same here, guess you have to start spamming in order to be deleted.

This post is from 2011 and your first post was about getting your account deleted, so I don't think you will have any personal information on this forum. If its because you don't want Neowin to appear when typing your username through search engines, change your username as Neowin kindly lets you do so.
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Steven P.

Just some crybaby, move along :)

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The Evil Overlord

Dear Sir,

I am a hard working woman in some random slum, please could you send me ?3 million so I can pay my gas bil

ugh it's not worth it :p

 

On a more serious note, doesn't having all these banned accounts (and not deleted off) take up server space?

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Daniel F.

<sarcasm>Im an old thread...Let me die!!!!</sarcasm>

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Arachno 1D

Just to add many forums have zero post members as there is an undercurrent who like to browse for information and news on such databases as held here.

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The Evil Overlord

Just to add many forums have zero post members as there is an undercurrent who like to browse for information and news on such databases as held here.

I think that was mentioned earlier in the thread also, something about registering to view hidden sections....

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Arachno 1D

<sarcasm>Im an old thread...Let me die!!!!</sarcasm>

Not whilst theres a breath of life in the body :woot: :laugh: :D

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Growled

<sarcasm>Im an old thread...Let me die!!!!</sarcasm>

 

Be careful what you wish for. :P

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