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Account removal due to terms violations - FAQ

If an account or materials created by an account is in violation of our terms of use and our community guidelines, we may remove the account and/or materials from Following are some common FAQ for account removals.

Why was my account deleted?

Common reasons for account deletion may include:

  • Programmatic Access:We may delete an account if it appears that the owner is accessing our site using robots, spiders, scrapers or other automated means in violation of our terms of use, for the purpose of bulk extracting or "scraping" content and data from We provide APIs for the purpose of interacting programmatically with our resources in approved ways.

  • Spam: We often delete accounts because they are spam or fake, which can lead to security risks for us and our users. These types of accounts are against our terms of use and our community guideline

  • Account security at risk: If we think an account has been hacked or compromised, we may delete it so it does not put other accounts, users or us at risk. We will work with the owner of the account to secure his or her information on our site.

  • Abusive behavior: We may delete an account if we receive reports from others or notice that a user is being abusive, threatening or engaging in other egregious behavior in violation of our terms of use and community guidelines.

Can I access my account after it has been deleted?

Once we have deleted your account, you will not be able to access it, any datasets or comments on them. In addition, you will not be able to contribute to any other datasets or projects, and contributors to your datasets and projects will not be able to access them or your user page.

Can I or a family member open a new account if my account is deleted?

You will not be allowed to register a new account after your account has been deleted. We may also delete existing accounts that anyone in your household opens.

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