How can I cancel, close, or deactivate my account?
Remember, your account and posts are under a pseudonym. No one need know that pseudonym is yours. No one can find your posts and connect them with your real identity unless you've given them the information. (To test this, put your screen name in Google or another search engine.)
(If you have use your readily recognizable name as your screen name -- most first names are not readily recognizable -- please contact an administrator with a new screen name.)
The site software does not permit members to deactivate their accounts. You will need to make a request to an administrator. Administrators can delete, suspend, or ban accounts. If we ban you, you won't be able to see the site or log in ever again.
Entirely deleting your account or all your posts leaves holes in discussions, which is unfair to the community and the people who have shown concern for you. Only in very extreme cases will we delete an account with all its posts.
The fastest and easiest way for you to deactivate your account is to
1. Shut off all notifications (in your Settings)
2. Do not visit the site
3. Do not log in
You may wish to post a farewell message in your Intro topic for those in the community who are concerned about you.
You do not need to notify the administrators that you are doing this.
If you wish to deactivate your account, please save yourself and the administrators time and work and simply follow the steps above.
Edited by Altostrata, 12 April 2015 - 02:57 PM.