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I have a question about my Software Engineering Stack Exchange post: Does software engineering in C derive a new insight into the halting problem?

Unless my deleted and locked posts are unlocked so that I can add my copyright notice SE is in violation of the "attribution" portion of the CC BY-SA 4.0 license agreement.

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License

Section 3 – License Conditions.

Your exercise of the Licensed Rights is expressly made subject to the following conditions.

a. Attribution.

1. If You Share the Licensed Material 
   (including in modified form), You must:

  A. retain the following if it is supplied by 
     the Licensor with the Licensed Material:

     i. identification of the creator(s) of the 
        Licensed Material and any others designated 
        to receive attribution, in any reasonable manner 
        requested by the Licensor (including by pseudonym 
        if designated);

    ii. a copyright notice;

Please unlock all of my deleted posts so that I can add my copyright notice.

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  • @PhilipKendall I never granted anyone a license to block my access to my own work.
    – polcott
    Sep 28, 2022 at 11:22
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    Stack Exchange is not required to display your content, just as you have no right to shout "fire" in a crowded theatre. Sep 28, 2022 at 11:27
  • @PhilipKendall Unless my deleted and locked posts are unlocked so that I can add my copyright notice SE is in violation of the "attribution" portion of the CC BY-SA 4.0 license agreement.
    – polcott
    Sep 28, 2022 at 17:31
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    I suggest you will need to take this up with Stack Exchange directly; use the "Contact" link at the bottom of every page because the consensus of the community is that you are completely, totally and utterly wrong. Sep 28, 2022 at 18:00
  • @PhilipKendall CC BY-SA 4.0 has an attribution requirement. The attribution is lost when an account is deleted. This puts SE in breach of the license agreement.
    – polcott
    Sep 28, 2022 at 18:05
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    I recommend to check meta.stackexchange.com on this topic, for example, this question: Licensing question: Should Stack Exchange delete all my questions and answers when my account gets closed?. And it would be really polite if you stop overusage of use bold face and larger fonts, your posts read like you are screaming loudly, and that makes me stop listening.
    – Doc Brown
    Sep 29, 2022 at 16:14
  • @DocBrown Not a single person on any group anywhere has given me a fair and accurate review out of thousands of reviews on many different forums over the last 12 months. Everyone starts with the fundamental assumption that I must be wrong and only reviews my work within the boundary of that assumption. When these reviews even totally ignore verified facts then we are at the stage where screaming is totally appropriate.
    – polcott
    Sep 29, 2022 at 16:55
  • I’m voting to close this question because I think it should be asked on Meta.Stackexchange, not here (but I recommend to scan through existing questions if there isn't already a Q&A which answers the issue).
    – Doc Brown
    Sep 30, 2022 at 9:10
  • @DocBrown that should be added as an answer.
    – polcott
    Sep 30, 2022 at 15:18

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That's not how things work.

You already own the copyright for all your posts. You do not need any particular notices for this.

You have granted Stack Exchange an irrevocable license under the CC-BY-SA terms to host your content. And Stack Exchange does clearly attribute you as the author of your content, which seems to comply with the CC-BY-SA conditions. If you want to be attributed under a particular name, you can update your username.

The people who read and answer these meta posts are community members and do not represent Stack Exchange. If you believe that your content being hosted here violates your copyright, you can send Stack Exchange an actual notice, as explained in the terms of service. They provide contact details for their legal team.

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  • When my account is deleted by me or others I lose the attribution of my work to me, thus effectively lose my copyright.
    – polcott
    Sep 28, 2022 at 0:41
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    @polcott, the presence, lack or form of an attribution does not in any way affect the fact that you own the copyrights of your posts. That fact stems from the rights granted to you in copyright law (and the fact that the TOS of SE does not require a transfer of rights). Attributions are only an aid in establishing who is the holder of the copyrights. Sep 28, 2022 at 7:11
  • If for any reason my account is deleted this would put SE in breach of the attribution requirement of the CC-BY-SA license agreement. As I have already indicated by my direct quote of this license that fact that my copyright notice is missing is already a breach.
    – polcott
    Sep 28, 2022 at 18:47
  • @BartvanIngenSchenau "the presence, lack or form of an attribution does not in any way affect the fact that you own the copyrights of your posts." It does put SE in breach of the "attribution" aspect of the CC-BY-SA license agreement. (see above quoted license)
    – polcott
    Sep 28, 2022 at 19:20

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