I participated early on in the beta, but found that when I logged in after the official launch I didn't have any reputation or history. Are/were accounts inactive for a period of time purged?

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    \$\begingroup\$ same user name? SE doesn't typically purge users. Is it possible you were unregistered and have lost your cookie? \$\endgroup\$
    – wax eagle
    Apr 12, 2012 at 12:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Not to my knowledge. \$\endgroup\$
    – C. Ross
    Apr 12, 2012 at 13:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, same username. I even went through the effort of trying each combination of account login I could think of, but no dice... they all asked to confirm that I wanted to create a new account. I doubt I posted anonymously, unless there was no other way to do so. But it's definitely possible (I definitely wouldn't have that cookie still in my cache). \$\endgroup\$
    – Mad Brew
    Apr 12, 2012 at 13:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can confirm that in the database there is no "Mad Brew" before yesterday. I will have to check re purging... I wouldn't have thought so, but I'm not usually involved in new site creation etc. Also... you have 2 accounts now... that is abnormal. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 12, 2012 at 13:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ So that I know where to look, did you post anything or add any comments? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 12, 2012 at 13:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can definitely remember answering/commenting and voting things up. The only other name/pseudonym I could imagine is "Mad Brew" with or without spaces, possibly appending "Labs" to that (my blog's name) or using "Michael Brewer." It's not a big deal, I was just wondering at not having my account persist. I appreciate the investigation though, thanks. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mad Brew
    Apr 12, 2012 at 14:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MarcGravell Not sure if you saw the comment response here, so... ping. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Apr 15, 2012 at 3:47

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Yeah, I have to say as I'm looking around at old Q&A's I'm seeing a lot more greyed out accounts than I'm used to. We used to just have a couple. Now, like How do you help players not focus on the rules? - there's two expired user accounts there. Even as a mod I can't see anything about them. But it does seem like a sharp noticeable increase. We used to have just a handful and we knew them all (malcontents who demanded to be deleted).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Heheh, I am sure I was never a malcontent, my limited attention spanned was drawn elsewhere. Thanks for poking around. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mad Brew
    Apr 14, 2012 at 13:57

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