Hans - @leah-ganoksin-admin has gone ahead and deactivated your account at your request. We are sorry to see you go!
As she mentioned in her email, Orchid does not delete or modify old posts (with the occasional exception of formatting). If we did so, the value of the conversations would be materially diminished, because people wouldn’t be able to follow the flow of any given thread. Every post on Orchid has been perpetually archived and made public on the internet since 1995. That has always been fully disclosed, and I always encourage people to be mindful of that fact - on Orchid you are making public statements attached to your name. We believe that is important for knowledge-sharing and proliferation. We don’t make exceptions to the policy. We also don’t “anonymize” old posts, as doing so diminishes their value. It’s a slipper slope when you start erasing or modifying history.
Ganoksin doesn’t remove old content either… many, many years of hard work have been spent organizing, cataloging, formatting and publishing that content for the benefit of the community.
I understand sometimes this policy can be objectionable to people - while not my intention to offend anyone, my job is to protect the integrity of the knowledge-base.
I hope you understand and decide to rejoin - if so, please email us and we will reactivate you. In the meantime, I wish you the very best and I (along with this community) are in your debt for many years of exceptional contributions.