[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #6796: Data Erasure: Update @mentions

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#6796: Data Erasure: Update @mentions
 Reporter:  dd32                |      Owner:  (none)
     Type:  enhancement         |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal              |  Milestone:
Component:  WordPress.org Site  |   Keywords:
 When an account undergoes data erasure we rename the user from `@username`
 to `@anonymized-$userID`. This changes the public ownership of any created
 resources (Forum threads/replies, Trac tickets/comments, Make.w.org
 comments, etc) from `@username` to `@anonymized-$userID`.

 We do this as it allows us to comply with the erasure guidelines while
 also retaining the non-personally-identifying publicly created content.

 We can also do that without leaving a public edit log containing the
 accounts previous username (for Trac and the forums).

 However, a pain point that often comes up is that this doesn't remove the
 `@mentions` of that username from other authors in other posts. This is
 fairly common with both Forum threads and Trac tickets.

 I believe it would be worthwhile to extend the erasure/anonymization
 process to also replace `@username` mentions with `@anonymized-1234` in
 locations where the user has created content - for example, if a user has
 interacted with a Forum thread as a responder, the other replies in the
 thread would be affected, and same for Trac, other comments on any ticket
 interacted with by the user would be processed.
 For performance reasons, this would only be for threads/tickets interacted
 with by the user, not global on all content.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/6796>
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