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Why Delete Your Account?
« on: July 14, 2007, 14:03:12 »
Over the years, we have had several users, upon feeling that they have been wronged - ask for their account to be deleted. Why? To me it reeks of a teenage tantrum. Do folks simply not have the willpower to stop logging in to a site that is run counter to their beliefs? If you are one of the rare ones that might be able to be identified via your profile, and thus - associated with Army.ca - why not simply edit your profile and display name, log off and never come back? Inquiring minds want to know...

It really cuts us to the core when someone asks to be "deleted"....    :crybaby:
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2007, 14:07:30 »
I guess some look at it the same way as a divorce.  Why go through all the hassle of a divorce when you can just PUFO (translation provided on request).  It's a sort of "we're through, heres your stuff back, never call me again" type of thing, I suppose.
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2007, 14:10:10 »
Thanks muskrat, I often feel the same, though there are sometimes valid enough reasons to delete your account. Most of the time it's a knee-jerk reaction to something however, and a day's distance is often enough to allow a more reasonable approach.

The correct process for having your account deleted is to PM myself or one of the other staff. (Though it is faster to PM me directly.) The process is that I will try to talk you out of it, but if you are certain, I will remove the account. The issue is that when an account goes, often a good chunk of information here on the forums goes along with it. In order to help preserve that history, we try to avoid deleting accounts, as often there are better ways (E.G. changing your account name, hiding personal info, removing specific unwanted posts, etc.)

One more admin note: Once an account is deleted, it is gone for good, and cannot be recovered. Furthermore, future registrations, even under a different nom de guerre, will not work, so please... don't take the decision lightly, make sure it's what you really want. We've already had a number of people change their minds after the sun has risen on their original decision to leave.
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2007, 14:13:37 »
To clarify what Mike said (and I neglected to add) we have had legitimate account deletions that were totally understandable. That being said, even in the case of work or PERSEC issues, usually Mike can fix you up so you can stay in relative safety, or at least come back some day.

Kat - I've been divorced more than once. never thought to simply have them "deleted" ... Hmmm......     ;)
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2007, 17:35:48 »
Kat - I've been divorced more than once. never thought to simply have them "deleted" ... Hmmm......     ;)

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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2007, 18:09:35 »
Kat - I've been divorced more than once. never thought to simply have them "deleted" ... Hmmm......     ;)

you could always revert back to the old practice of handing over the rope. And then hopefully they will find a suitble sturdy limbed tree.  ;D

As to the topic at hand it is like firing the final shot as your ship rolls over and sinks.  ;)
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2007, 18:43:25 »
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As to the topic at hand it is like firing the final shot as your ship rolls over and sinks.  ;)

In those days, that final shot was respect for the foe and one a final volley.

If a person is to end their participation in an online forum, as most have stated, stop posting. The only people that would weight (aka meaning) are those that have contributed to the forum for a long time or as an active member. WRT Army.ca, many of those members are either well respected, and/or DS.

To fire the final volley (delete me) is the easiest way out these days IMO.
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2007, 19:05:26 »
Over the years, we have had several users, upon feeling that they have been wronged - ask for their account to be deleted. Why? To me it reeks of a teenage tantrum. Do folks simply not have the willpower to stop logging in to a site that is run counter to their beliefs?

In some cases it could be just a matter of privacy.  There's no need to have your name attached to an Internet account out "in the wild" if you like.  Who's to say it won't be used in some improper way a year or five down the road?  For comparison, if you wanted to stop banking somewhere you'd almost certainly take the trouble to close your account, as opposed to just withdrawing all the money and throwing your Interac card in the garbage.

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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2007, 19:08:31 »
Why would it matter if someone wanted their account deleted.  If they ask delete it.  Myself, I do not see it as a big deal.  Myself, I do not come on too much anymore, or post much....  Nice to read stuff once in  awhile though...
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2007, 23:04:06 »
The "Will Power" to not come back should be enough.  You are not always deleted completely, especially if someone has 'quoted' you. 

Then again we have some who want their accounts deleted so that they may try to come back again and carry on like they did before with a fresh new account.  Mike has just pointed out that that will not be possible, in most cases.  I am still suspect when a member who has been causing us grief decides to ask for their account to be deleted.  Could it be they have decided to move and want to recreate themselves in their new location as another like-minded pain in the butt?........Just me being suspicious. 
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2007, 23:22:32 »
I am getting the analogies, but I think to equate Army.ca to a marriage, or even an online bank account - is umm... odd.

Anyway, was just curious
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2007, 11:22:16 »
In those days, that final shot was respect for the foe and one a final volley.

If a person is to end their participation in an online forum, as most have stated, stop posting. The only people that would weight (aka meaning) are those that have contributed to the forum for a long time or as an active member. WRT Army.ca, many of those members are either well respected, and/or DS.

To fire the final volley (delete me) is the easiest way out these days IMO.

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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2007, 19:31:19 »
Is it not possible to delete one's own account?

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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2007, 14:15:42 »
No, though as pointed out, any deletion requests will be honoured. I typically try to recommend a 24 hour waiting period to see if the request still makes sense, but if the person is insistent, the account will be removed.

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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2007, 14:19:15 »
Why not implement a policy of a 3 day grace period where the person wanting the account to be deleted asks 3 times, that way he/she has plenty of opportunity to change their minds.
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2007, 14:27:42 »
Sort of like "I divorce thee" three times? ;) No, I don't want to make it difficult for users to remove their accounts, especially if there is a legitimate or urgent need to do so. The point is just to be sure that they really really mean it, because it's irreversible.

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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2007, 14:49:05 »
If someones postion of job changed could they ask you to delete the current "well" known account but still have an account for access to the site that would be more covert per se?
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Re: Why Delete Your Account?
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2007, 15:12:05 »
Yes, we try to accommodate situations like that. The only thing we try to avoid is when a user wants to pull a fast one and come back with a new account to try to bury their past mistakes here.

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Ending Account
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2008, 16:27:58 »
How do you end your account?

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Re: Ending Account
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2008, 16:30:16 »
you can just stop using the forum

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Re: Ending Account
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2008, 16:37:10 »
or a MOD could delete your account.
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Re: Ending Account
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2008, 16:43:47 »
The only time you have too much gas is when you're on fire.

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Re: Ending Account
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2008, 17:21:33 »
One would think you ended your account a long time ago, seeing how this was your first post since 2005.
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Re: Ending Account
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2008, 02:04:03 »
It's all about being accurate in my books. This site boasts a membership of 20980, but how many of those people have given up on the site without bothering to have there account deleted because they don't know how?? You should have a simple delete my account button like Yahoo groups.

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Re: Ending Account
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2008, 05:16:29 »
It's all about being accurate in my books. This site boasts a membership of 20980, but how many of those people have given up on the site without bothering to have there account deleted because they don't know how?? You should have a simple delete my account button like Yahoo groups.
I don't think that would be smart because then someone could come and spam/troll the boards, and then bam, their gone.
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