Apparently, quite a number of users have been deleted in the last month or so. I've noticed it because, as I haven't been very active lately, my rep score has been declining due to their removed votes.

I saw that 155 users have been deleted in the whole year, so unless they'd been very active in voting, the 5 I noticed seem quite a lot.

Is there some sort of end-of-the-year clean up taking place, an exodus, or is it just a fluke?

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It's probably a coincidence. 155 users were deleted and 46 destroyed by moderators, but that doesn't include self-deletions. I don't know of any way to get specific numbers of how many users delete their own accounts, but as far as I can tell it accounts for the bulk of overall account deletion. In your specific case, as far as I can tell only 1 of the 5 was deleted by a moderator.

I won't go into specific numbers, but if anything December was a slow month as far as moderation is concerned. Certainly there wasn't an end of the year clean up on our part.

  • $\begingroup$ I thought so. I was annoying nonetheless, so I had to ask. :-D $\endgroup$
    – stafusa
    Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 3:18
  • $\begingroup$ But I'd really be curious to know how many users deleted their own accounts. $\endgroup$
    – stafusa
    Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 3:20
  • $\begingroup$ @stafusa I'm curious too, but I can't think of any way to get that number with the information available to me. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 3:50
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    $\begingroup$ I also noticed a number of "user deleted" in the last month. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ A lot of user deletions by moderators are related to sock-puppet activity. We occasionally get people who create a bunch of accounts or repeatedly re-create a single account at a time in an effort to evade bans or suspensions. Both cases can result in clusters of deletions in relatively short times. If those uses also repeatedly vote for your content then you get to see the activity. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 5, 2020 at 23:53
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    $\begingroup$ That said, a significant number of deleted sockpuppets never get around to voting. So if you notice your reputation falling, odds are good it was a self-deletion. As seems to be the case for 4 of the 5 drops that @stafusa noticed. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 2:53
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the information, @Chris . I guess it's then down to my focusing on complex-systems questions - I can imagine many people get curious about chaos, come to Physics SE for a question, but don't have a general interest in physics, so they leave shortly after. I'll have to live with it. :-/ BTW, your comment really is an answer, will you post it as such? $\endgroup$
    – stafusa
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 10:47

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