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? – Martijn Pieters Jun 12 '12 at 15:55
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    @MartijnPieters for privacy reasons. – asifahnik Jun 12 '12 at 15:59
  • If you accidentally entered personal information, the only way to permanently delete is to have the Team do it – simchona Jun 12 '12 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 '12 at 17:34
  • Ummm...no. No there is not. And for good reason. – user164207 Jun 12 '12 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, we can anonymize the posts for you. To do that, send an email to the "contact us" link at the bottom of any page and give us links to the questions you want disassociated from your account.

Your name will be removed from the post and it won't be linked from your profile anymore. If anyone mentioned your name in comments, that'll remain, cause we don't really keep track of that sort of thing.

(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 '19 at 23:19

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 @BenBrocka and @animuson stated in the comments you can email the team to either disassociate the site with your main account or flag the post to disassociate the content with your profile.

  • 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 '12 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 '12 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 '12 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 '12 at 16:04
  • asking for a friend ;) – asifahnik Jun 12 '12 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 '12 at 16:08
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    @asifahnik you can get your user profile on that site disassociated from your main account (I think) if you ask the team@ email address in the footer – Ben Brocka Jun 12 '12 at 16:09
  • @BenBrocka that's cool and helpful – asifahnik Jun 12 '12 at 16:12
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    You can also ask the team to specifically remove you as the user from the post in question. Just flag the post and in the custom reason box explain that you want to be dissociated from the content. The content will remain and have no relation to you. – animuson Jun 12 '12 at 16:51

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 youremail+secret@youremailprovider.com.

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    Not all mail providers support the "+" notation, but yeah, that is solid advice. – Shadow9 Sep 20 '15 at 6:24

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