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When you edit your profile, each field includes some help text to explain what it is for. The text for Email gets cut off (Chrome 10.0.648.205):

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What on Earth could this mean? The obvious choice is gravity, but I don't see how email could relate. So I have to go with my second choice: grave digging.

So please expand the Email field so it can include the entire phrase "never displayed, optional notifications, grave digging".

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I always assumed it meant "graviton blasters". – mmyers Apr 27 '11 at 17:17
Well now I'm incredibly disappointed with the lack of grave digging emails I've received as a result of registering here. – Daniel DiPaolo Apr 27 '11 at 17:19
@Daniel - they haven't finished digging your grave yet. – user27414 Apr 27 '11 at 17:20
Just in case: it's indicating the email address is used for "never displayed, optional notifications, gravatar" – Arjan Apr 27 '11 at 17:31
+1 for the [undertaking] tag. -1 for making poor meta people believe you actually don't know what the "grav" means. +1 for freehand circle. Net weight: +1. – balpha Apr 27 '11 at 17:57
Mmm, gravy. Delicious, delicious bacon gravy. So rich and tasty. ...what were we talking about, again? – Pops Apr 27 '11 at 18:17
You should learn your units! – Tim Stone Apr 27 '11 at 18:53
Just so we're all clear: @Popular Demand wins. – user27414 Apr 27 '11 at 18:55
@status-declined, I'm all out of invites for the PGP 2.0 beta (that's Portable Gravy Protocol) at the moment, but you're first on my list for when I get more! – Pops Apr 27 '11 at 19:24
maybe if you'll change your display name to status-completed this will be fixed! :D – Shadow Wizard May 4 '11 at 7:58
up vote 6 down vote accepted

This will be fixed in the next build with a bit more verbose description and a new 390px width to fit it:

updated email field

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Oh, and I had been hoping for gravy. Oh well. – user27414 May 6 '11 at 13:00

It's for your gravatar, which is the purple picture in your profile. It's there for people (like you) who haven't uploaded a profile picture.

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He actually had one for a couple of years. The real bug report is that the fields are too narrow. I guess. – mmyers Apr 27 '11 at 18:12
@mmyers - new bug report: meta users have lost their sense of humor :( – user27414 Apr 27 '11 at 18:54
@status: See, if TheTXI hadn't left, we'd now have six different answers giving possible interpretations. – mmyers Apr 27 '11 at 18:56
@mmyers I miss the old days. I even miss Evan. – user27414 Apr 27 '11 at 18:56

How about this?

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if your using chrome go to the inspect element. If you ever want to see truncated text online.

Also very useful to see starred comments on whatever that may be.

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It is clear enough, they are sending you a congratulation message, although some shorthand used.

Email never displayed optional notifications gravid


Email never sent, displayed your optional notifications because you are gravid  

Translated into the lame jargon comprehensible by technical people, you could get (clarifications commented for the real hardcore tech guys out there)

Dear Sir/Madam, 
     It is our pleasure to write this letter /*not an email*/ to inform
     /*aka notify*/ you that the results of our latest linq query indicates 
     you are mostly gravid /*aka pregnant*/. HTH!

See? easy!

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