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Message 1047499 - Posted: 10 Nov 2010, 21:38:33 UTC

I can't find the function where to delete my account?
Can anyone help?

Profile Gundolf Jahn
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Message 1047500 - Posted: 10 Nov 2010, 21:43:42 UTC - in response to Message 1047499.

You can't.

The only thing you can do is fill your account data (user name, email address...) with random data (dummy entries).

Computer sind nicht alles im Leben. (Kleiner Scherz)

SETI@home classic workunits 3,758
SETI@home classic CPU time 66,520 hours

Message 1047665 - Posted: 11 Nov 2010, 20:41:49 UTC - in response to Message 1047500.

Hello Gundolf,
thank you for your concern and your answer.
I can hardly believe, that one shouldn't be able to
drop off a community and to delete his traces.
There must be at least someone (database admin) who is able to
do this. Otherwise everyone should be warned to
join such a community.
Anyway, thanks again and if there is really no other
way, I will create a dead user.

Message 1047671 - Posted: 11 Nov 2010, 21:12:34 UTC - in response to Message 1047665.

bye, bye, cruel world, I'm leaving.........

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Message 1047688 - Posted: 11 Nov 2010, 22:49:56 UTC - in response to Message 1047665.

The reason why accounts are never deleted is for scientific integrity of any crunched workunits. Even if the account has never crunched a single workunit, the statistics are still needed for user accounts created.

I'm not certain why this should be so alarming considering most places that have user data, the user's accounts never get destroyed even if a deletion is requested. In fact they are usually kept for record keeping purposes. This is the same for SETI@Home. Since any personally identifiable information can be removed from the account by the user, as you've discovered, I'm not certain why you'd have an issue with the lack of deleting accounts.

The bigger question on my mind is why you would want to delete your account and leave no trace of ever having been here. Did something terrible happen? Are you not proud to be part of the search that you want your data removed? Did someone anger you? It's hard to imagine much happened considering your account has only been around for a day.

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