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Function / Option: Cancel Membership

edited August 2005 in Vanilla 1.0 Help

Aloha!

I would like to see the Option / Funktion:

Cancel my membership

on the Account page.

Thanks.

Comments

  • point being..?
  • yeah. because i would think that your user wouldn't be removed from the database, since the posts you've made are linked to your user and removing the user would break them.

    Why?!
  • but there could be at least the function to delete your "account" so that the email information and everything else is gone except the postings
  • just scramble it if you dont want it there?
  • alright point for you ;)
  • maybe just an option to say "This user has run away" on their profile.
  • edited August 2005
    First of all here in Germany it has some legal reasons why I ask for this. Second I find it unnecassary work for the admin to 'delete' user accounts manually. People should be able to delete themselves / close their accounts So the point: less work for the admin, more control / power for the users. Addition: Just so understand this right: when I delete a user in vanilla - all his posts will be deleted as well?
  • if you delete the row in the database that refers to the user, all of his posts will not be properly referenced. to properly delete a user, you should leave the username, and erase all other info, and ban the user. otherwise the board will have holes
  • There should also be something next to his name saying that the user has been deleted on the posts he's made.


    @oraneguru

    Out of curiosity, what legal reasons?

    @jsanders

    yeah, that sounds about right.
  • @jsander: Thanks for clearing things up. @vinay: German Dataprotection law. First of all you have to grant a user access to all data you have saved in context to him/her personally. Second unless otherwise necessary you must be able to delete/remove them in certain terms (don't know them by heart - but we always had to build that into commercial sites when we did projects).
  • lechlech Chicagoland
    edited August 2005
    In that context, then, the user has everything under their account that they need to scramble their existance of being there, from email address, to user name (if allowed to change) and password including real name, if you want off the board, i suggest you just scramble and change your own info. otherwise like jsanders said, you're breaking things. The only other option I could think of is having a cancle account extension which does all of this for you (scrambles info/password) and keeps your user-name. there by keeping everything else in tact.
  • MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    I think the best thing to do is create an extension that allows user's to turn their account off by switching them to a different role (ie. "Quit"), and wipe out their email address and other personal information. But the bottom line is that the account needs to stay in order to keep the forum discussions intact.
  • lechlech Chicagoland
    damnit mark! haha
  • edited August 2005
    @mark: Oke, after running vanilla for serval days with a small community I find it very tiresome to Ghost / delete users manually. There should be a mechanism for User and Admins alike to simply 'ghost' a user. Addition: I don't think it's necessary to carry over members that never posted anything. There should be a function to get rid of never used accounts. Some people could use this 'weakness' to spam a board with many unused members.
  • MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    I don't think it's necessary to carry over members that never posted anything. There should be a function to get rid of never used accounts. Some people could use this 'weakness' to spam a board with many unused members.

    You can do this with the cleanup extension.
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