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My SO URL link is posted somewhere at a place which can reveal my personal information.

Is it possible that user id of my account so that when someone clicks there, it doesn't open my account?

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Just curious: is this by any chance related to Privacy leak in permalink? – Arjan Apr 17 '11 at 10:46
A mod could merge your account into a newly created one, if I'm not mistaken that would change your user id. – Mad Scientist Apr 17 '11 at 10:48
(As for the edit history: I did not see the new collision alert here...) – Arjan Apr 17 '11 at 10:52
@Arjan, I guess he is suggested, not edited yet (it got submitted with your revision together), so may be that could be reason for no collision alert? – YOU Apr 17 '11 at 11:41
@YOU, given Community approved the suggested edit, it almost looks like I used the improve button. Which I did not... – Arjan Apr 17 '11 at 11:49
@Arjan, looks like "Improve" button just redirect to /edit page, so may be same mechanism at backend? unless they explicitly check the improve buttom clicking. – YOU Apr 17 '11 at 11:57
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I don't think a user can change the userID, as it's a 32-bit unsigned int that's created with a new account.

The solution I'm thinking would involve creating a new account (thus creating a new userID) and asking a SO moderator to merge your two accounts. Remember to state which userID you would like to remain. And note, that this causes a rep recount that may lead to rep loss, at certain situations.

Please, see an FAQ answer about merging for an example.

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