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#21970 12-May-2008 14:25
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see title ^

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  #130236 12-May-2008 14:29
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Why would need to know something like that? Geekzone is awesome :)

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#130243 12-May-2008 14:44
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Ideally you wouldn't delete an account - this would leave some few "orphan" posts around - and we couldn't find all posts quoting your posts so at the end it will b a kind of mess around.

There are alternatives - delete specific posts you are not happy about, change the profile name and other information so that people can't contact you.

Changing the information is the approach we do more often.

You can contact me in private so we discuss this.




 

 

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  #130258 12-May-2008 15:12
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I think the ability to 'close' an account is something I expect from sites I use. I wouldn't expect to delete all my posts in the process, but to simply render my account inactive, and to be removed from mailing lists etc, without having to update to a false email address etc.







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  #130260 12-May-2008 15:22
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"Closing" an account is easy - a flag and no more contacts from anyone on Geekzone, no login possible.

"Delete" is a different story.






 

 

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  #130264 12-May-2008 15:28
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But if a user wants to remove all information a site has about them, do they not have the right to do this? I believe Facebook had a bit of an issue about people closing their profile, and information not truely being deleted, just disabled. I wonder what the legality of this stance is.

I'm advocating this point of view as I believe a user has the right to delete all traces of themself from a website as much as technically feasible, and as simply as possible. Identity Management in this day and age is becoming more and more important.

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#130265 12-May-2008 15:32
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basicallythis: But if a user wants to remove all information a site has about them, do they not have the right to do this? I believe Facebook had a bit of an issue about people closing their profile, and information not truely being deleted, just disabled. I wonder what the legality of this stance is.

I'm advocating this point of view as I believe a user has the right to delete all traces of themself from a website as much as technically feasible, and as simply as possible. Identity Management in this day and age is becoming more and more important.


Yes they can and that's why I point out that removing all traces means a lot of valuable discussions will be "orphan". But if the user wants to delete, then a private contact is the best way to go. We will arrange for this to happen.

However this begs another question: what if the user posted libelous content and later an authority comes with a court order asking for those records?

We can only "hide" the records, for our own safety.




 

 

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  #130320 12-May-2008 18:41
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Umm Who's account did you want to delete?

 
 
 
 


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  #130328 12-May-2008 18:58
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basicallythis: But if a user wants to remove all information a site has about them, do they not have the right to do this? I believe Facebook had a bit of an issue about people closing their profile, and information not truely being deleted, just disabled. I wonder what the legality of this stance is.

I'm advocating this point of view as I believe a user has the right to delete all traces of themself from a website as much as technically feasible, and as simply as possible. Identity Management in this day and age is becoming more and more important.


That's all fine and dandy but you seem to have forgotten about Google. Type anything into a online forum and Google is bound to have it's own copy cached away. You can delete an account and/or posts but that won't delete Google's copy.

The simpest thing to always remember when you're online is that if you don't want to put your name to something or for it to come back and haunt you at a later date then don't post it. Stop and think for a few seconds before you click on submit or send.

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  #130338 12-May-2008 19:42
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This was asked mainly as a curiosity. I have not done anything illegal or something haha. The main reason I Created the account was to get Xnet help when I joined Fusion. but I don't find using it much anymore.

I will contact you if I feel the need to make myself inactive.

Cheers.

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#130341 12-May-2008 19:52
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If this is the case then just let the account as it is - just don't use it. This way any questions you have posted will remain as a "knowledge base" that people can find later if they have similar problems or questions.




 

 

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