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Do SE users have the right to have their SE posts removed from Codidact? If so, how?

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I don't know what the etiquette is here for bringing up Stack Exchange, and I don't want anyone thinking I'm trying to start any cross-site drama. In fact, I'm hoping to snuff any such drama out before it begins, by resolving the issues detailed below in a diplomatic fashion. I'm posting this on the overall Meta instead of the Writing Meta because, while the dispute is specific to Writing, it could apply to other sites on the network.


There is currently a user on Writing.SE who is objecting - quite vocally - to the fact that their questions and answers have been imported to Writing Codidact under an account bearing their name. I won't repeat their exact statements on the matter, but their belief is that hosting posts that they never wrote, under an account in their name that they never created, could mislead people into thinking the site is more active than it is.

My understanding is that the Creative Commons license gives Codidact the right to repost content from Stack Exchange as long as it credits the originals - which it does - and therefore, this site has done nothing wrong. Nonetheless, I can also understand why someone would object to having content posted under their name in a context that they disagree with.

Setting aside the reasons for this user's disagreement, or whether their objections are valid: do they have any recourse here? Is there a way they (or other SE users) can have their imported posts and profile(s) removed from Codidact, and if so, how?

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For those not familiar with the situation that prompted this question, the user in question has not, AFAIK, actually registered their user on writing.codidact.com. Rather, there is a presumed user whose content was bulk imported (along with lots of other content) from SE. Said user has complained on SE not on Codidact. So the current question (which is quite valid - the issues will come up "for real" at some point) is hypothetical in the sense that no manassehkatz 10 days ago

such request has been made on codidact. I also don't think this particular user's problem is really about "mislead people into thinking the site is more active than it is". manassehkatz 10 days ago

I'm no lawyer, but my understanding is the same as yours - we're legally allowed to do such a thing under the CC license. Having said that, if someone actually wants their posts removed, I'd perhaps suggest to them that actually asking us (um, yes, at least 'not rudely') is the way to go about the process of talking to us about it Mithrandir24601 10 days ago

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Yes. The Creative Commons license requires that attribution be provided by default, but also provides that if the author does not like the manner in which the licensed material has been used, they may require the attribution to be removed. This is the same principle under which Stack Exchange offers post dissociation on request; Codidact offers the same. Posts will not be deleted from the sites, as the CC license gives us the right to redistribute them, but the author's name can be removed on request.

To request dissociation, email [email protected], linking to the relevant Stack Exchange account and Codidact profile. Specify whether you want posts dissociated on all sites or only on one. You'll also need to edit your SE profile to contain an explicit confirmation that it's you making the request, otherwise anyone could request dissociation in your name - something on the lines of "Codidact dissociation requested" and the current date should be fine - please do include the date, as that also helps validate the request.

Please note that posts will not be automatically dissociated on any sites created in the future, as the license requires us to provide attribution until its removal is explicitly requested; it's not possible to provide that request for future sites.

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I have passed this information on to the user in question. Whether they act on it is up to them. Thank you. F1Krazy 10 days ago