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Yes, you should have to register to ask on SF. In addition to that, our registration page should have a subset of help/on-topic on it. Then there's no reasonable excuse for people to have no clue.


Bring your sense of humor and think about what you said: This is an international community, meaning many people won't share your view of what's offensive. If you really can't do this, please contact the admin team, moderators can't do anything about it.


I don't think you should have to register to ask questions. Frankly the speed bump of registration (especially for the developer types, who probably already have a Stack Overflow account so they can code-by-clipboard for their day jobs) is barely a seam in the road. I would much rather see an old-school copy-protection style shibboleth based on the about ...


Every time this happens, it's one of two things: You're sharing a computer and forgetting to log off. Maybe you're logging out of the site but not your OpenID provider, or you're still logged in to other sites. Log off of everything, or get used to using your browser's "private" mode on shared machines. Your ISP sucks. Some internet providers set up caching ...


I'm a bit behind on emails. Fortunately, I have 8 of them from you, so there's a really good chance I'd have gotten to it eventually. But since you posted here, I've gone ahead and just scheduled your account for deletion. It'll be deleted in the next 24-48 hours (it's a weekend here, no promises on keeping to an exact schedule):


I'm not sure why everyone thinks Mods can't delete users, but we most certainly can.


Usernames are indeed not unique on Stack Exchange. Login tokens (OpenID) are uniquely associated with an account, and accounts are unique (identified by the account number), but you can have multiple accounts with the same display name.


Please note that you're only banned from asking new questions, you are still allowed to post answers, and highly encouraged to do so. Please pay it forward. Please see What can I do when getting “We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”? Typically limits take deleted questions into account as well. By design the user interface ...


I think requiring registration could help to prevent fly-by questions but only if done like Voretaq said with a q&a for first time users of the site. There's that fine line though between being welcoming to potential long-term experts and keeping the riff-raff out. Personally, I like the idea of requiring new accounts to be asked a few basic questions (...


I couldn't have said it better than this: People have the same names in real life. Isn't StackOverflow real life?


Simply fill in the form at and select the "I need to delete my user profile" option. It will automatically populate the form with your profile URL


This isn't a bad idea, but... I'm skeptical that it'll do much of anything when it comes to decreasing the number of low-quality questions here. It certainly didn't do much for Progse. As you say, every little bit helps, but in this case it could end up hurting almost as much as it helps. IMHO, the best reason to turn this on is simply to reduce the ...


You have posted on Serverfault, so you have to use the contact form to ask the admin team to delete the account. This can't be done by mods. If you have already done that, please leave a comment so we can try to ask the team to look into this. See


The Contact Us link at the bottom of each page takes you to a form. One of the options on the 'What can we help you with' drop down is what you want. Good luck.


No, I don't believe ServerFault should stop accepting questions from unregistered users, as I do not believe this will reduce the number of poor quality questions. what it will do is increase the number of abandoned accounts and increase the likely-hood of missing out on some "good" questions. This post is about one possible way to reduce the number of of ...

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