When editing my user profile (name, date of birth, etc.), how can I tell which information can be seen by other users (publicly visible) and what is only used by the system (and how it's used)?


The easiest way is to open up your profile in an incognito browser session.

Things that are visible to everybody:

  • website
  • location
  • how old your account is
  • when you were last on the site
  • how many times someone viewed your profile
  • the "About me" section

Things visible to diamond moderators only:

  • real name*
  • email*
  • how many days you visited the site (and your current consecutive visits streak)
  • your IP address*
  • all the names you used in the last 90 days

*mods have to click a link to see this information, the act of which is also logged.

  • I assume moderators can also see the calendar when clicking the value of "visited"? – Arjan Oct 7 '12 at 9:35
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    @Arjan Yes. Or at least it works for me and I hope it's not an employee quirk. :) – Adam Lear Oct 7 '12 at 16:17
  • Can moderators see the "old" real name even after the user changes it in their profile? – Masked Man May 28 '18 at 12:32
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    @MaskedMan Display names yes, real names no. – Adam Lear May 30 '18 at 18:59
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    real name + email + IP. How can you detect if a mod used this information to target a user off-site? Assuming the mod took precautions to make the "button click" look justifiable. – Fermi paradox Dec 31 '19 at 13:14
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    @Fermiparadox, the mods have to sign an agreement before getting their diamonds. Misusing PII can potentially lead to law suits against the mods. (not to mention that even accidentally revealing PII is enough to fire a mod, and has happened once in the past) – Bhargav Rao Jan 1 at 22:50
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    @BhargavRao although what you mention is a good measure, it's not enough. My point is, if a mod decides to misuse PII (e.g. to de-anonymize, dox, harass, etc.) and doesn't brag about it, there is no way to prevent or detect it. – Fermi paradox Jan 2 at 9:32
  • @Fermiparadox, if the victim complains to Stack Exchange, they can immediately see as to who last retrieved the PII and take the required legal action. – Bhargav Rao Jan 2 at 10:00

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