I registered on superuser.com and posted a couple of answers under the account: https://superuser.com/users/8954/lazlow

However, today I visited the site again - having not logged in for a few months (maybe longer) and found that the page no longer existed. After logging in with my Google OpenID (same as used on StackOverflow/ServerFault) I was given the option to setup a new account as normal, which resulted in: https://superuser.com/users/96197/lazlow

My question is - have very old/inactive accounts been deleted from the site? It's not too much of a problem, as I hadn't accumulated much in the way of reputation - but I'm intrigued to know why accounts need to be deleted.

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I'm not really sure why (or if) accounts need to be deleted but there is a StackOverflow Blog Post detailing what the criteria is for account to be removed.

  • That may be what has happened then - though I thought I had at least a handful of reputation on the site.
    – Lazlow
    Sep 1, 2011 at 20:50
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    @Lazlow I did a search for all user accounts containing lazlow in them and for any accounts with the same email domain as yours. Your current account was the only result. I can't say for sure, but I"m guessing that TomBull is correct that your account may have been automatically deleted. It's possible that you had some rep, but the questions you answered on were deleted or migrated to a different site, reducing you to 1 rep and allowing an auto-deletion.
    – nhinkle
    Sep 1, 2011 at 21:03
  • Thanks @nhinkle for the confirmation.
    – Lazlow
    Sep 3, 2011 at 20:57

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