I know we periodically purge old accounts as there are tens of thousands that get created during each contest, post once, and then never login again.
We'll also sometimes get a spammer that will create thousands of randomly named, or sequentially named accounts, and then abandon them once they realize they're useless since they can't post links until they've reached a certain post threshold.
Mark 5D Team III (if I'm remembering your old name right) and mreco99 don't show in the user list so they were deleted.
^^^None of those apply to me. My previous account was this: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=100
What do you mean "don't show in the user list so they were deleted"? Shouldn't that be the other way around? What are your criteria for deleting usernames? I definitely don't fall into the categories "CR Backup Admin" has mentioned. I can still search for my old posts. Yes, I'm the 100th person to register for this forum after the reformat. But I was already very active even before there was even a forum and we all just commented below the actual article. That is why I chose that username, it was an in-joke during those times before there was a forum (old-timers here would know the "joke" ), same with my signature (another in-joke, used by another poster in an article comment thread then ).