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Is it possible to restrict profile information about a specific Stack Exchange site ? For example, I'm using StackExchange for SO, Software QA, Personal Productivity, Area 51, but I would like to only show my accounts on SO and QA, hiding others profiles. A kind of separation between professional and "personal" stuff. Thanks

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marked as duplicate by psubsee2003, Richard Tingle, Mad Scientist, hims056, Martijn Pieters Jan 20 at 10:59

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I think this would be useful, especially considering the tie into Careers 2.0 ,as I would be happy to share my StackOverflow information with employers but I would prefer not to display my participation in Christianity or Islam to avoid bias. –  Amicable Jan 20 at 10:35
    
You could always create a second account for that. It's not forbidden, per se. –  slhck Jan 20 at 10:38
    
@slhck but if you didn't and only encounter the problem later, you're stuck. –  Monica Cellio Jan 20 at 16:09

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This is likely going to be closed, but I want to get a short bit of advice in before it is ..

We're designed around the concept of one account associated with many sites, at the moment.

What this means is, should you elect to maintain multiple accounts (not multiple profiles on sites using a single login, but multiple logins that are never associated with one another) .. you must be very careful to not mix them. If you accidentally associate one with another there's a very good chance that the system will merge them, and undoing that is an extremely difficult task that we can't always meet.

I strongly recommend using incognito / private browsing / separate browsers entirely if you want to go this route.

Just a note, in the hopes that you avoid an unfortunate surprise should you do this. Additionally, there's nothing wrong with having multiple accounts (aside from us not supporting it very well) so long as you don't use them to do things you could not do with a single account. This would mean not voting for your own posts, starring your own chat messages, coordinating flags between the accounts, etc.

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Of course the having multiple accounts solution doesn't solve the: [use the account as usual, registering on many sites etc, then registering for careers, deciding you want to cut out all the personal stuff] problem. As far as I can see you would have to delete the personal half of your account –  Richard Tingle Jan 20 at 10:58
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Maybe a feature allowing to just hide links on the profile would solve part of the problem. We would always be present with the same account everywhere, but would be harder to find all relations –  Stéphane Piette Jan 20 at 11:06
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@StéphanePiette We're considering that. I can't off the top of my head remember why that's going to be difficult, but it is an avenue we're exploring. Come to think of it, I need to find out where that is, if anywhere other than where it was the last time we talked about it. –  Tim Post Jan 20 at 11:09

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