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Exactly niek_e ... sorry, we're actually required to fulfill antispam regulations to keep information about every user who registers with us on record.
Have never even heard of such regulations (might I ask who's regulations these are?). Couldn't you still follow regulations by keeping sign-up info, whilst deleting account? I know some sites (Yahoo for example) who will retain records for a number of months, and freeze re-usage of that user ID for that period, then delete and free-up that user-name. Just seems a lot fairer IMHO