For any one of many reasons you may choose to cease you participation in TRC. The following outlines everything you need to know about the process of leaving TRC.
Rather than beat around the bush, once created an account cannot be deleted. The main reason for this is that once you hit the "submit" button, the information you post becomes part of the "public domain" and as such is not just held here at TRC. What this means is even if something is deleted from this site it may still be available, to anybody on the internet, elsewhere, for example:
- Search engines will cache post information.
- Other site users may quote a post/blog/pm within TRC, copy the content to another site they use or maybe keep a local copy on their computer.
- ISPs and other internet services may keep caches.
- If there is a failure in TRC and we have to recover from a backup posts may re-appear (even years after they have been deleted)
As a result of this TRC cannot, in all good faith, offer any guarantees that content from a deleted account will never resurface. In addition to this if deleted your account name is returned to the pool of available usernames. This means that somebody could easily impersonate you after deletion.
The bottom line here is "think before you submit", after you submit everything you have said becomes immediately visible to everybody that has an internet connection and it is extremely difficult to erase it.
All members will still retain the ability to delete any submission they have made at any time. This is irreversible and assumes you understand the limitations or deletion (as described above). If you choose to leave TRC then all you need do is not visit any more - if you so choose you can set your control panel options to prevent any notification emails being sent. You can also request that your account be merged into a "Deleted on Request" user that acts as a bucket for many accounts.