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Old 09-14-2012, 10:16 AM   #16
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i dont want to just not log in anymore, i want to ensure my profile and my email address to be removed?
You can change the email address associated with your account at any time, which includes the ability to change it to something completely invalid.

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Does this forum need a certain amount of registered users to be attractive for advertising rings?
Advertising is absolutely in no way tied to number of members, in any way shape or form.

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Old 09-14-2012, 10:20 AM   #17
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i dont understand why i need to discuss offline. i want my profile to be removed and thats it?
and i want others to see what policies u have and how u deal with such issues...
Our policies are well documented and have been discussed at length previously. In fact, had you searched the FAQ (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...count_deletion) and followed the recommendation there, your account would have been removed immediately. What you're asking for now is an exception, which is of absolutely no interest to the hundreds of thousands of other LQ members... and therefore is more appropriate to discuss offline.

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Old 09-14-2012, 10:34 AM   #18
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As someone already asked, do you have a reason for wanting your profile removed?



FWIW, Gentoo's forum doesn't allow users to remove their own profiles either.

http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t...93274fca504c61

LQ and Gentoo's policies are consistent with what I've seen elsewhere.
why i need my profile to be stored somewhere when i NEVER used it and i can not think of using it in future.
and i never registered with Gentoo, so i dont care about their policies...
and does it matter if there are forums which do not allow their users to remove their profile?
 
Old 09-14-2012, 10:37 AM   #19
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joysn, wanting to have your profile removed is completely valid. At this point though, you appear to simply want to argue instead of following very clear advice. Unless someone has something substantiative to add to the discussion, I'll likely close this thread.

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Old 09-14-2012, 10:39 AM   #20
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Our policies are well documented and have been discussed at length previously. In fact, had you searched the FAQ (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...count_deletion) and followed the recommendation there, your account would have been removed immediately. What you're asking for now is an exception, which is of absolutely no interest to the hundreds of thousands of other LQ members... and therefore is more appropriate to discuss offline.

--jeremy
yes, i saw this faq entry after i posted my question to the forum, as i was not able to find a "remove my profile" button/link.
and sorry Jeremy, i still dont understand why to continue the discussion offline. what i want seems to be clear...
 
Old 09-14-2012, 10:43 AM   #21
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Do the following:

Remove all profile information.

Change your email to garbage - e.g. joysn -at- linuxquestions.org or something else which looks like a valid email address but isn't.

Change your password to random garbage or a hexadecimal hash... Click on the "save changes" button.

Logout

The only info Linuxquestions would have on you at that point is the IP addresses for posts - and I'm afraid that's unavoidable and if it worries you - pull the plug...

Goodbye, etc
Thanks for your advice. Anyway its strange that users have no real rights over their profiles on a forum. At least i see it this ways.
 
Old 09-14-2012, 09:33 PM   #22
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I think what was suggested was for you (joysn) to send a private message to root and ask that this be resolved.

I think it is proper to ask for your private data to be deleted if you wish.
 
Old 09-17-2012, 02:08 PM   #23
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I agree one should be able to ask to have private data scrubbed from one's account.

That said, when one wishes to do so, and can do so themselves (as is the case here) why not just do so and have done?

I've lost track of the number of forums I've joined, and left over the years. All require some information to register, few let you delete a profile completely. Most of the time I only filled out the info required to function on the forum, leaving the rest blank. Usually I use a disposable e-mail address unique to the forum.
If I wish to stop participating I just don't log in anymore. If I get spam to the e-mail account I just remove it. It's not as the cliche goes "rocket science".

BTW for the OP's info - most forums do not delete profiles with non-spam posts to preserve discussion continuity on the forum threads. Clearing any profile info is quick and easy as has been suggested and has the same effect as deleting it altogether.

The sole exception is the username. I'm not sure if that is changeable and still maintain post continuity or not as it's been some time since I've used vBulletin.
 
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:11 PM   #24
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The sole exception is the username. I'm not sure if that is changeable and still maintain post continuity or not as it's been some time since I've used vBulletin.
I am not well-versed in vB's operations from an administrative perspective, but I do know that it is possible to change a username if one has sufficient privileges. I have pretty-please'd my way into many username changes on vB-based forums.

That being said, it seems to be generally frowned upon as a practice, as it can make it a bit hard for other users to keep track of who is who. (Whom?)
 
  


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