What Happens If I Delete My Quora Account?
You won’t be able to undo the deletion once you’ve confirmed it. Your blogs, messages, connections, comments, and votes on Quora will all be permanently deleted. You can remove all of your Quora content, excluding your questions, by canceling your account.
The questions you posted on Quora will remain, but your identity won’t be attached to them.
You will have two weeks (14 days) to reverse the deletion request after you indicate that you want to remove your account permanently. There won’t be a way back after two weeks.
In addition, Quora will log you out and allow you to register a new account with the same email address or Facebook account. This brand-new account will be void (In case you want to start from scratch).
Alternatives to Deleting Your Account
Your account will be permanently deleted from Quora, as I said above. It can be reversed after the two-week window has passed. If you decide to change your mind, you won’t be able to recover it. I won’t try to sway your mind because I don’t know why you would want to terminate your account; just remember that there are other options:
- Deactivate your Quora account: This will act the same way as deleting it (your answers and comments will disappear) but there will be an option to restore your account by activating it again. To deactivate your Quora account, proceed to your Privacy settings by following the instructions above and clicking “Deactivate Account”. Deactivation is a softer version of account removal which you can reverse.
- Hide your name from the Search engine: If you are concerned about your answers showing up on Google, you can ask Quora to hide your name and answers from Google by unchecking the “Allow search engines to index your name” check box inside your Quora privacy settings. Once you uncheck it, give it some time: Google needs some time to recrawl Quora and your content to “see” that you prefer to keep your name hidden.
- In case you were wondering how this works, Quora adds a “no index” meta tag to your profile page preventing Google (and other search engines) from showing your page in Google. Again, this option does NOT make your answers private or anonymous. It only hides your name from Google
There isn’t a way to mass-change your answers and comments to hide your name or make them anonymous, other than canceling your account and hiding it from search engines.
To sum up, Quora has come a long way in terms of empowering its users with the ability to manage their data and content. There was absolutely no opportunity to delete your account when it first started. You had to make a deletion request by email. It’s good that they keep enhancing the platform to make it safer and easier.