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Old January 8, 2016, 12:29 AM   #1
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Deleting TFL Account/Profile

Dear TFL,

I have looked around and tried to find how to delete my profile/account, but haven't found anything. Could I get some help? I really appreciate it, and I hope your new year goes well!

Sincerely,

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Old January 8, 2016, 12:35 AM   #2
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Accounts are not typically deleted. If a member wishes to end their participation at TFL, the way to do so is to simply stop posting.
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Old January 27, 2016, 11:08 AM   #3
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It's apparently a common approach on forums.
I got the same answer on another forum I hadn't participated at for a long time.
No way to unsubscribe, other than not logging on.
And even the ones that supposedly can be unsubscribed don't always take.
Go back some time later and there you still are.
If you're concerned about a loss of privacy, or being on some scary list somewhere, it's way too late for that anyway.
Other than moving completely off grid to some backwoods location, the time for hiding is long past.
And that just sounds way too boring.
Don't sweat it, you have plenty of good company.
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Old January 28, 2016, 09:53 PM   #4
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As it said in the very first screen you saw when you first joined, even before you started registering, "under NO circumstances will TFL staff delete a member's account and/or a member's entire posting history."
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Old January 29, 2016, 01:15 AM   #5
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Why don't you explain to the OP why not?
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Old January 29, 2016, 10:51 AM   #6
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He'd already understand that.

If he read the explanatory note that I reference.

Which he indicated that he did when he clicked the link that said "I understand and I want to continue registering."
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Old January 29, 2016, 11:07 AM   #7
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Obviously, he forgot.

Why not say you can't or won't.
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Old January 29, 2016, 02:29 PM   #8
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Water-man: That explanation is in the first page you hit when you try to sign up, put there over a year ago so that staff shouldn't have to repeat it in these kinds of threads.

http://thefiringline.com/privacy.html

We're not unreasonable. If there's a particularly compelling reason for a request, even though it typically wouldn't be granted, contact staff privately and explain it.

Not being able to read the outline of privacy and data-permanence expectations that's put right in front of you when you sign up, alone, is not a very compelling reason for staff to do anything. And even without that page, there are certain obvious expectations about signing up for, and participating on, a forum. Expecting account deletion and post removal is, in general, not very reasonable.

Ask yourself this question: What interest do you have in account deletion or mass removal of posts that isn't outweighed by maintaining continuity of historical threads? The fewer posts you have, the less potential damage, but also the less reason to delete them.
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