On a private beta I'm currently on, I see the notice below an unanswered question:

Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

That suggestion should not be there, because only members can see questions.

(Note that this is different from Sharing Links On Non-Public Beta Sites. The "normal" share-link is not available on private betas, but the Know someone? one still is)

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    IIRC private betas are only truly private for a short time, after that anyone can join if they know where to look. There's this link from a few years ago, but I've seen it mentioned reasonably recently (possibly that it still said "private" beta even though the public could join).
    – slugster
    Apr 22, 2014 at 5:50

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I assume that's by design to some extent. These private betas have opportunities to invite experts who didn't sign up for the beta.

If you know someone who can answer a question on a private beta we want them there. We shouldn't block people from inviting potential experts into a private community, those are the people we want in that community from day one.

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    But the link won't work for them unless I /also/ send them a private beta invite link, I think.
    – gerrit
    Apr 21, 2014 at 20:26
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    Perhaps there should be the option to invite them to the private beta instead of the normal link.
    – 3ventic
    Apr 21, 2014 at 20:56
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    Agreed this is by design. Private betas aren't quite private. It does prevent the content from being viewed without an account, but anyone can sign up if they want. Source
    – Steven V
    Apr 21, 2014 at 21:08
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    @gerrit not necessarily, its trivial to enter a private beta without an invite now. Though if you know someone who should be answering why haven't you already sent them the link :)
    – wax eagle
    Apr 21, 2014 at 21:54
  • @waxeagle Oh, that's new for me. Well, one answer is that I can put a 'share' link in a public place, whereas 'private beta invites' are to individuals.
    – gerrit
    Apr 21, 2014 at 22:52

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