Hi I had this issue caused by an unscrupulous mod. If you are admin and have the Anonymized user Email address you can in part restore the user.(partially)
Procedure: (That worked for me)
- Change Anon1234 to previous User Name
- Edit Email address back in.
- Make sure you remove Silence and or suspension
- Activate User
This will re add the user and the posts belonging to that Anon1234 will be under the name entered and that account’s stats will be intact (join date, badges. )
The user will likely need to use password reset after clicking on the Email activation. (Restored 2 accounts using this method)
This however will not restore profile info. Ie Real Name, Profile pic etc…
Due to the site not under my full direction, so unable to remove the mod and was looking for ways to limit mod access(for certain mods). However seems to be behaving since they last had a chat with him.