I put the default identicon as my profile picture aka avatar. I have also uploaded my photo and it is part of the uploaded pictures.

Is a Moderator able to see my uploaded pictures?

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    Does it matter?
    – gunr2171
    Mar 5, 2014 at 16:10
  • I don't think so. As far as I know, moderators, like any other visitor, can see only the picture you selected and can use their power to reset your picture back to default. Maybe developers or community managers got special tools to see your uploaded picture even if you selected to use something else, but can't say for sure. Mar 5, 2014 at 16:10
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    A dev would be able to see it, even if a mod couldn't. Not that they'd bother to check without some compelling reason to.
    – Servy
    Mar 5, 2014 at 16:10
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    If you upload something on the internet, it is usually best to assume that it will not be private. Especially pictures. My guess is that since SE bought their own instance of imgur, if they were so inclined they would be able to historically see your uploaded pictures. I doubt a normal diamond moderator could though.
    – Travis J
    Mar 5, 2014 at 16:18
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    @gunr2171: s/devs/the authorities/ Mar 5, 2014 at 16:24

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You have to assume that everything is logged somewhere - how long that's retained and who has access to it depends a lot on the specific data and scenario.

As a more practical rule, you should figure that moderators can see anything you can see when viewing your profile - the only exception I'm aware of there is your votes which are yours alone.

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    Yup. What Shog9 said. And we can see histories of some of the information, too, where it can be useful for moderation duties. (And I'm not entirely sure why I felt it necessary to leave a supporting comment on Shog9's answer, of all people!) Mar 5, 2014 at 16:30
  • I was always curious to know, do you (team/CM/mods) have any way to see list of uploaded pictures per user account? If so, it will nullify old feature request of mine. Mar 5, 2014 at 16:31
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    No, @Sha - for the reasons stated on your feature request. Although see above for notes on logging - if it was really necessary to figure out who uploaded an image (say, for legal reasons...) it would probably be possible to determine this.
    – Shog9
    Mar 7, 2014 at 16:59

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