Is there a way to make a question or answer I post not visible in my profile?

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    Why would you want to do that? Jun 12, 2012 at 15:55
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    @MartijnPieters for privacy reasons.
    – asifahnik
    Jun 12, 2012 at 15:59
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    If you accidentally entered personal information, the only way to permanently delete is to have the Team do it
    – user176326
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:00
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    Of course, the very best solution is to not post sensitive material in the first place. Once you post something on the InterWebz, it tends to stay out there more or less permanently, in places like Google and the Wayback Machine. We can't do anything about those sites.
    – user102937
    Jun 12, 2012 at 17:34
  • Ummm...no. No there is not. And for good reason.
    – user164207
    Jun 12, 2012 at 20:34
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You can't make a question or an answer private and keep it linked to your account. We have no plans to implement anything like that at the moment.

However, you can completely disassociate yourself from a question.

(And of course, as others have said, be careful when posting sensitive information in the first place.)

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    This needs to be publicized waaay better, I've been an SO user for nearly a decade and only just found this out. Occasionally users publish sensitive stuff under their own names and need to fix that quickly before Google archives it forever.
    – smci
    Mar 8, 2019 at 23:19
  • Does "linked to your account" automatically mean "visible in my profile"?
    – pmor
    Jun 7, 2023 at 12:59
  • @pmor It does, yes.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jun 7, 2023 at 14:38

You can create another account and do that. If you don't want to create a new mail adress, you can use multiple adress functionality: sing up using [email protected].

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    Not all mail providers support the "+" notation, but yeah, that is solid advice. Sep 20, 2015 at 6:24

You could delete the question or the answer and it would no longer be visible to anyone except 10k+.

Unless you really no longer want this to be available and or helpful to anyone, then I don't know why you would want to do that.

EDIT: Or as stated in the comments you can have the post disassociated from your account.

  • I want the question and/or answer to remain on the site, I just don't want it listed on my profile
    – asifahnik
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:00
  • if you ask the question it is associated with you. Deleting is the only way to remove it but it removes it from the site all together. Why wouldn't you want it on your profile?
    – Taryn
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:01
  • i am very active on a particular stack where people know me, but i asked a very personal question on another stack where i'm completely unknown.
    – asifahnik
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:02
  • @asifahnik I don't show any other stack accounts associated with your profile here, are you using multiple accounts?
    – Taryn
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:04
  • asking for a friend ;)
    – asifahnik
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:05
  • @asifahnik unless you delete it there is no way to remove it from a profile page. If you ask/answer it, there would be history that you owned it.
    – Taryn
    Jun 12, 2012 at 16:08

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