I am curious concerning policy concerning individuals which have previously held accounts which were subsequently destroyed, starting up new accounts at a later date. It seems like this might be something along the lines of what video gamers call an 'exploit'. If a user gets a bunch of downvotes, or perhaps suspensions for plagiarism or voting irregularities, destroys their own account or has it destroyed by the system , then they can start over with a 'clean slate'? Since it seems punishment's (suspensions) are dealt on a scale according to the number of offenses, then the old offenses aren't held against them anymore?
I have noticed our troll reappears with new account name on a periodic basis, sometimes even registering instead of just trolling as an unregistered user, and these accounts are subsequently destroyed.
I know we users aren't privy to some of the moderator level information, and destroyed accounts never reveal (to my understanding) the reason why the account was destroyed (user initiated or 'Community/moderator initiated).
Sorry if I am rambling, but I guess the main query is two-fold:
Is there some policy concerning a former user restarting with a new account?
Is there a situational difference in this policy dependent on if the account was system destroyed for violations or if the destruction was at the users request (say someone was upset over oppressive new policies and wanted to not participate any more and have their user name removed in protest...)
To be clear, I am not asking about two users with the same username, but a user who reappears after an old account (which may have had violations against it) is destroyed and assumes a 'new identity'.
I looked into some 'higher level' meta discussions of the subject, and these showed up:
Users should not be able to wipe their record by requesting account deletion and then recreating the account [duplicate]
Automatically suspend accounts recreated after a moderator deleted the original
Ironically enough, @T.E.D.s' response
I don't know that there is any policy about this, and I'm not sure its happened enough for there to need to be one.
may have been a case of foreshadowing.
It appears to me that another ex-user whose account had been suspended and then eventually deleted seems to have reappeared. This one, (user26763 after account deletion) was suspended for low quality contributions, and the returned account does not appear to show any improvement; still refusing to properly cite or provide sources and updating information in comments instead of using site provided features and editing the answer.
(Another re-visitation to a question the user previously answered here)
One occurrence, just a novelty, an inconvenience. But now two in as many months; perhaps a policy may be needed?