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I've noticed that NormalHuman's automatic tagging/commenting has ceased, and I can't find a trace of his account (user147263)?

I've been less active on M.SE, so can anyone update me on what happened here? Is NormalHuman still active on another account?

Their GitHub account also appears to have coincidentally ceased activity.

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    $\begingroup$ People have the right to quit SE if they want. It's not a prison. No reason has to be provided. Discussing publicly like this some user's reasons for quitting SE is not a good use of meta IMO, it's just as bad as when prominent users make threads all about themselves. Maybe they were tired of SE, maybe they wanted a new account not associated to the old one, maybe they quit math, maybe they had a baby and not as much time to contribute, maybe they are an astronaut and just set off to space, who knows? And more to the point, how is it any of your business? $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Sep 27 '16 at 7:52
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi you're making a number of false inferences. For a start, I didn't even know whether NormalHuman quit MSE or was banned. Saying that NH voluntarily quit MSE would have been entirely sufficient. Note that my question in no way asks for NH's reasons for quitting, or any associated gossip. Your aggressive tone is entirely inappropriate. $\endgroup$ – Newb Sep 27 '16 at 8:08
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    $\begingroup$ Nobody even knows if quitting was voluntary or not beyond staff/mods and the user themselves. And mods typically don't discuss private information with other users. Your post is what's inappropriate. Let me ask again: how is it any of your business whether NH quit voluntarily or was forcibly made to quit? $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Sep 27 '16 at 8:10
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi I'm not sure if that's entirely true. High-profile bans and suspensions (Bill Dubuque, amWhy) have historically been quite public knowledge. $\endgroup$ – Newb Sep 27 '16 at 8:13
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    $\begingroup$ 1/ Suspensions and account deletions aren't the same thing. A user can't suspend their account themselves, so there wouldn't even be a point in asking whether it's voluntary. 2/ You'll notice that all mentions of Bill Dubuque's name were redacted in the post discussing his suspensions, and that in amWhy's case there were many users suspended at once and mods only started commenting after people raised a stink and other people basically told everyone what had happened through deduction. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Sep 27 '16 at 8:15
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi regarding "how is it any of your business": this user had an outsized impact on MSE. NH's vote patterns led to the deletion of thousands of questions; he participated extensively on MSE Meta and curated statistics, etc. Is it really poor form to ask about the disappearance of an extremely high-profile user? I don't think so. $\endgroup$ – Newb Sep 27 '16 at 8:18
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi: This time, I strongly disagree with you. I find Newb's question well posed, and I have asked myself the same question. You see, the SE communities are not just places where people gather to have a rational exchange of ideas. They are also places where invisible bonds form among the well-established users, and these bonds are emotionally charged. If suddenly a user disappears, it is... "NormalHuman" to worry about him and to ask the others for news about him. This is what the word "community" implies. This is the difference between a community and a waiting room in an airport. $\endgroup$ – Alex M. Sep 27 '16 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ NormalHuman engaged in some highly unusual behaviors that, while some people appreciated, others found very annoying. I think this is a reasonable question if, for no other reason, because it provides an opportunity to reflect on those behaviors. Furthermore, the Normal Account was always anonymous, as far as I know. There's no real world harm here. I would point out also, that the user still has many other Stack accounts. $\endgroup$ – Mark McClure Sep 27 '16 at 20:15
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    $\begingroup$ @MarkMcClure your comment is exactly what I mean with degrade. "There's no real world harm here." What is that supposed to mean exactly? What "real world harm" could there be that cannot happen in this case? Anyway, the activities were discussed a plenty while they were ongoing. $\endgroup$ – quid Sep 27 '16 at 20:28
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    $\begingroup$ @MarkMcClure It was not always anonymous e.g. at times he linked to his website calculus7.org and he also listed in his profile some of his many prior accounts, some of which were abbreviations of his name iirc. He has often abandoned prior accounts and started fresh with new accounts, so I wouldn't be surprised if this is simply the start of another cycle. $\endgroup$ – Bill Dubuque Sep 28 '16 at 0:41
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    $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi: While I cannot answer for the OP, what I have found out from comments and quid's answer is that NormalHuman is still active on other SE sites, and on his own site "Calculus VII". This is reassuring, because it means that he hasn't gone through any personal catastrophy (terminal cancer, death in a car accident etc.) - knowing this is relieving and I feel that my day is better. It wouldn't hurt if we were more sympathetic to and care a bit more about each other, in general. $\endgroup$ – Alex M. Sep 28 '16 at 10:32
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    $\begingroup$ This question got closed once, then reopened, and it seems that it is going to get closed again. If so, I shall vote for reopening, again. What is this, friends, a wrestling contest? Do you feel that chaos in the world has decreased and order has been restored by you closing this? Hm... $\endgroup$ – Alex M. Sep 28 '16 at 10:34
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    $\begingroup$ @apnorton: In all honesty I won’t miss him at all. Judging by my limited presence here, he provided many excellent answers here on Meta, and the few answers of his on the main site that I happened to see were good, but in my view his deletion campaign was toxic nonsense verging on outright vandalism. (I am none the less glad to hear that nothing terrible has happened to him.) $\endgroup$ – Brian M. Scott Oct 1 '16 at 4:34
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    $\begingroup$ @quid: No, it does not. It says (a) that I happened to see only a few of his answers on the main site, and (b) that I thought those few good. That’s all. There is no implication that he answered only a few questions. Any misrepresentation that you read into is supplied by you. (And yes, I was aware of the magnitude of his numerical reputation; owing to our different mathematical interests, we just didn’t cross paths very often.) $\endgroup$ – Brian M. Scott Oct 1 '16 at 11:00
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    $\begingroup$ @BrianM.Scott many a reader of your comment would get away with a wrong idea about the contributions of this user, in this sense it misrepresents those contributions (while it might be factually correct it is misleading, as is the assertion that about a third of your answers that I happened to read in detail are somewhere between poor and false). $\endgroup$ – quid Oct 1 '16 at 11:13
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End of July, to be precise, on or shortly before the 27th, I saw the about me of the user in question saying "delete me." This is part of the self-deletion process of SE for established accounts. The account was then deleted on July 27th.

User accounts of the same user on other sites were not deleted and continue to be active to this day. Indeed a math.se account linked to them was recreated at some point. (It's still a 101 account, though. I do not link it on purpose. But whoever is so inclined should have no major trouble to find it.)

Thus, it seems overwhelmingly likely to me that the user asked for their math SE account to be deleted.

I observed on at least two occasions that the user was asked in chat about their reasons for this deletion. I did not see any reply, and thus assume they have no interest to discuss their motivation for this decision.

I hesitated to answer this question, as I am not sure about its suitability, but there it is the information I can offer as an attentive observer, in the hope of doing more good than harm.

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    $\begingroup$ ...Why can't SE seem to keep good people around? Some (not all) moderators are always abusing their powers (e.g., punishing others, while approving of their own bad behaviors) or at least it comes off that way, and that's enough to make positive contributors flip out. I know you're not a mod, just saying, though...I liked Normal Human a lot, too. $\endgroup$ – User001 Sep 27 '16 at 23:04
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with the final part of your comment. :-) But please let's not turn this into a blame the moderators (or anyone, for that matter) thread. $\endgroup$ – quid Sep 27 '16 at 23:16
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    $\begingroup$ I asked in chat at some point, but he/she did not share. Regardless, I was and am very sad to see NormalHuman go. The site will certainly take a hit from that loss. $\endgroup$ – 6005 Sep 29 '16 at 13:56
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    $\begingroup$ @User001 We all die of old age eventually XD $\endgroup$ – Simply Beautiful Art Mar 12 '17 at 13:38

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