What happens to my deleted blog?

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  • #8068

    beforesunset
    Member

    Doesn’t everybody have the right to know what happens to their blog entries, photos, etc. once it gets deleted?

    #8070

    wank
    Member

    I’m not saying you don’t. What did they say when you emailed them?

    #8071

    beforesunset
    Member

    I emailed them just 5 minutes ago. (I thought they might post an answer to my question, but they didn’t…) I’m sure they’ll reply in a couple of days.

    Why is it that companies don’t post their Data Retention policies online for everyone to see? =O( Yahoo! and Gmail does… hahahhahaha.. although they are vaguely written, it’s helpful once you read it and understand what they do with all your data.

    In Canada, I think companies are supposed to keep data for 7 years (I know that banks operating in Canada MUST do this.), and in Europe 3 years + current year. In the US, what was it… 3 to 5 years + current year? Something like that? Can’t remember.

    *sigh* I didn’t know getting a decent answer would be this hard. Tee.. hee.. hee..

    #8072

    wank
    Member

    Hang on a sec, I just found this in the ToS:

    If you delete Content, Automattic will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

    That’s pretty vague, I’m afraid (are server backups included in that? how long does it generally take to refresh the cache?) but it’s the best that’s publically available at the moment

    (There’s also a privacy policy, but that relates more to personal info such as your email and IP addresses.)

    #8073

    beforesunset
    Member

    Interesting. We seem to live in a world of vagueness. Yahoo! Mail and Gmail use similar (VAGUE) TOS as well.

    Thanks for your help.

    #8074

    drmike
    Member

    Caching and references probably means Google’s (and other search engines) cacheing.

    #8075

    wank
    Member

    I think they have their own cache as well, which is why changes to categories and such don’t always show up immediately.

    #8145

    engtech
    Member

    Well, I just accidently deleted a post, so let’s see what the automattic contact page can do for me.

    #8146

    podz
    Member

    Caching – as drmike says – does refer to external bodies such as search engines. Once they have it you are subject to their whims. That is the part referred to above from the TOS.

    Post deleting – once a post is deleted it really is deleted. Gone. Cannot come back.

    Cache here – this is purely for backups (which I’m sure are wanted) and for delivering sites – so if your page has not changed then a cached version may be shown. This helps the server loads.

    Deleted blogs – I have had a feedback (well two but I’m sure they are the same person) about deleting an account and with blogs because I don’t know exactly what will happen I’m not going to give half a story. I will find out.
    But……..
    If someone gets an account here, then decides they don’t want that account and insists it should be completely erased – even their name – then how do we flag that name as not usable? If Bob wants Bob removing from the accounts and the name Bob taking away too, how do we flag Bob as not usable? This isn’t a debate about name recycling but about privacy. And if Bob was that concerned (1) why did he get an account and (2) why the assumption that everyone will know it is him. In fact, if we did recycle the name and the new Bob started writing erotic porn the old Bob might complain about his name being used there too.

    I will certainly find out what I can but the biggest danger to your data and your identity is not wordpress.com – it’s other people taking and caching your data. Seen the Wayback Machine? http://www.archive.org/web/web.php – other such sites exist.

    #8147

    wank
    Member

    In fact, if we did recycle the name and the new Bob started writing erotic porn the old Bob might complain about his name being used there too.

    Tough on Bob; if he wanted control over how the name was used he should have kept his blog up with a generic ‘Hello world!’ post. If you voluntarily give up your username it has as much to do with you as it did before you registered it, that is to say nothing at all.

    At the moment all previously used names are flagged as not usable anyway, so I’m not sure what your point is there. There’s no ethical reason why accounts deleted by the user should not be made available for re-registration, whether it’s by the original owner or a third party, so I’m guessing that the real reasons are technical; some kind of manual intervention would have to be made and the admins don’t have the time.

    #8170

    engtech
    Member

    The only reason I can think of not to allow names to be reused is because any existing links to “old bob” might go to “new bob”.

    This could create some prospecting as people look for well linked blogs that are deleted so they could take the name and get the inbound links.

    #8171

    timethief
    Member

    *humor* So I wonder how many are standing in line waiting for a particuluar microsoft geek’s blog name to go down and become available via re-cycling? {Just joking Robert.}

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