I've been participating in the engineering private beta this week and filled in the form in the sidebar to invite a friend.
I was very surprised to find out that my real name was sent to that person as the inviter instead of my display name. Is this on purpose and can it please be changed to display name only? I was under the impression that my real name would not be made available to the public. It was shared with SE under this assumption.
Please could you fully disclose under what circumstances is my real name shared and with whom?
I did it again with a dummy real name and it came up, so this is definitely where the name was taken from:
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