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  • At this time, accounts cannot be deleted at WordPress.org, it is currently a technical impossibility. You can edit your profile to remove all info, and we can even block your account if you want us to, but we cannot delete the account.

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

    (@sterndata)

    Forum Moderator & Support Team Volunteer

    It’s all explained in here: https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/

    Thanks @joyously how do I change the name in the profile it doesn’t seem to let me?

    Thanks @sterndata but that seems to be the wrong link I didn’t see anything about deleting an account.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    This comes up a great deal and there’s some people have misunderstandings that I’ll try to address. Possibly badly.

    *Drinks coffee*

    For GDPR purposes, these links are in place and apply to personally identifiable information (PII)

    https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/

    Read the whole thing. There is a link for “data erasure request” and I’m not linking to it because I really want anyone on this topic to read the whole Privacy Policy.

    It’s good reading. Once you get there, submit your email and kick off that process.

    • It will not change or delete your user ID. So “amunozlaw” will remain as an ID on this system.
    • All of your posts, replies and reviews will not be removed or deleted.
    • Your email will not be able to be reused here for a new account.

    The last one is spam and abuse protection. To have an account here a user must submit an email and if they’re banned for spam or abuse (and that happens) then letting them reuse their email for a new forum account is counter productive.

    Choose the data erasure option only if you mean it. Again, you will not be able to reuse that email for a new account here.

    For anyone who insists that usernames are PII give this conversation a read.

    https://wordpress.org/support/topic/gdpr-and-the-forum-of-wordpress-org/

    While that topic does not explicitly cover it, the emails are retained for spam and abuse protection. The GDPR is not a shield to protect abusive behavior.

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by Jan Dembowski. Reason: Grammar
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