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Genetic
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Delete an Account Reply with quote

Hi,

I stopped using Gentoo long ago and I want to delete

- my bugzilla account
- my form account

but I can't find appropriate functionality in neither bugzilla nor gentoo forum. How do I do that?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to ask forum/bugzilla admin to do it for you.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where do I find them? I was looking for "Contact" options or the like, but I found nothing like it... neither here nor in the bugzilla.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you can ask in this thread:
http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-547737-postdays-0-postorder-asc-start-475.html

Or contact e.g. NeddySeagon directly
http://forums.gentoo.org/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=24240
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
We cannot delete accounts that have been used.
It leaves the forums database in a mess with gaps in threads and hanging threads, where you woer the original poster.

If the accound is not used, it will be deleted by a cron job once it reaches a certian age.

For a used account, the best we can offer is to lock it. You can do this yourself by setting a long random password.


Now that's what I call bullshit.
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genetic,

Genetic wrote:
Now that's what I call bullshit.


Would you care to offer some more constructive crtisism?
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
Would you care to offer some more constructive crtisism?


Of course, I'm sorry.

From the privacy point of view, it is just impossible that I can't delete my account. If your server was situated in Germany you would - to my best knowledge - even be obliged by law to offer me this opportunity.

The fact is: I want my account deleted, I don't want any account-specific data on your servers and I don't think I'm the only one with that oppinion!
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Genetic, our working assumption is that your posts have added value to the community: either you've asked interesting questions which elicited informative answers or you've contributed answers to interesting questions. Even if you assert that none of your questions or answers have any technical value at all, your posts provide bridging context: removing them would make the remaining posts more confusing and harder to understand. Deleting your account and all your posts would be poor return to the all-volunteer community that supports the Gentoo Linux distribution.

There are other reasons as well. Suffice it to say that it is our longstanding policy not to delete user accounts.

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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John, surely Genetic's user account could be deleted without deleting his posts? I thought phpBB forum software allows an administrator to delete a user account without deleting the user's posts and without removing the username itself, which just becomes 'plain text', as it were? See, for example, this phpBB forum post by a user donnie who was subsequently deleted by an administrator of that forum. Notice that the username is in black text and is not a hyperlink, unlike un-deleted users. Some other forum software replaces the user name with 'Guest' in posts by a deleted user account, leaving the posts intact. So presumably Genetic's request is not impossible in the case of the Gentoo Forums?
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that's just how it works in social networks as well: The messages stay where they are only that they are sent by "Deleted User" and the associated accout is gone.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

French law would also inforce privacy, but french law wouldn't be applied to an account named "Genetic", but to an account named as its real name author.
And even with your real name account, french law would allow any forum to kept your posts for a delay, to make sure anything you've said would stay avaiable to be read in case you've infringe a law by saying something not appropriate, like public insult, racism or false assertion on someone...
I don't know the german specific privacy policy, but i'm sure your law is also > your privacy upto a certain delay.

Now it looks you are stuck, well in fact it's easy : 1/ don't use the account anymore 2/ ask a name change in the forum name change thread to get your genetic nick virginity back.
Because in name change post, you will see "one you cannot know" asking to change name to "thatname" and his post is now hold by "thatname", so i suppose a nick change will change the nick on all your posts, hey hey, or the mods change the nick also in the name change asking post.
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