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Context I've heard from masarakki:
If the user can easily delete his account, there will be a lot of online harassment which goes something like:
"Yo! You worthless sucker! Delete your account!"
Many people can't stand this kind of harassment and just follow the demand and delete his account. Then, they later want to revive the account, but it's technically impossible in current implementation.
If account deletion feature doesn't exist, this kind of harassment and subsequent unfortunate account deletion doesn't happen.
In an ideal world, harassment should be punished and prevented. But we can't censor all the toots before it is posted. So harassment happens and and there always some victims who's mind is weak enough to follow the harasser's demand.
So, some instances(like friends.nico) prefer the old way. If you want to delete your account, contact the admin and asked for it.
Jun 19, 2017
No, no, no, this is stupid, because:
(If you're stupid enough to ignore the warnings though, and do delete your account unwillingly, that's your own problem, I think.) Maybe adding a 7-14 day restore period is a better idea?
@mistermantas Because currently account deletions are instant and bothersome to restore manually, I have accepted this. Also there are cases where you genuinely don't want to enable account deletions, for example if you are sourcing the accounts from a different software, e. g. LDAP or some other tight integration.