I noticed that username 'repecmps' is no longer clickable, for example in one of his/her answer here. Is it because he/she has been banned from JLU? Do we even have a user banning mechanism here?

  • I think that an unclickable username means that the user chose to delete the account, but let’s wait for the words by moderators (and admins). Commented Jul 24, 2011 at 13:03
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    No banning whatsoever. repecmps decided to leave us and have his name removed from the site.
    – Dave
    Commented Jul 24, 2011 at 18:34
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    sad to see him go was a very contributing member to the site. Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 6:34
  • btw... any hints on why did he go?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Aug 29, 2011 at 0:08

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Just for the record: the Stack Exchange platform has no concept of a "banned" account. People like to throw the word around, but to the best of my knowledge, no one has ever been banned and I've never seen anything in the software implying that the ability exists.

Users can be suspended, i.e., told to take some time away from a site. Suspended users get a (publicly viewable) date on which they can resume participating.

Users can, if they choose, request that their accounts be deleted. Why a user would want to do this is their own business, and we'll try to talk people out of it if we think they're a net positive to the community, but they can and do request this. That's what happened in this particular case.


Unclickable username == already deleted account.

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