In this answer, Shog9 posted a screenshot that had two curious rows in it.

Normal moderator tool rows with current physical location, greatest fears and most beloved

Now, in the screenshot, they are empty. But what does get put there?

  • @Kevin Yeah. I should learn what words mean before I try to randomly insert them where they don't belong. Apr 8, 2015 at 2:57
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    Pretty sure it's this thing called a "joke."
    – Doorknob
    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:00
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    Funny how there's no question about the 'current physical location' item there. How powerful do we think SE is?!
    – Keen
    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:35
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    Just goes to show how much folks take a certain lack of privacy for granted now, @Keen. And no, I don't know your physical location. Right now...
    – Shog9
    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:42
  • @Keen I actually kind of guessed it was some sort of GeoIP type of thing, to be honest. I knew (or at least I thought) that you would see IPs. Apr 8, 2015 at 20:39

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The real moderator UI has other fields there.

Or maybe it doesn't; I have a user script I use to put stuff there, so it might just cut off after "seen". I forget.

Anyway, I wasn't about to leave that portion of the real UI visible in the screenshot. Even though I was testing this on a sockpuppet, it's just a bad habit to get into - make a mistake like that with a real account & suddenly you've leaked someone's personal information onto the 'Net. That's pretty rude.

So when I post screenshots like this, I usually replace the bits that shouldn't be posted with something ridiculous. I could just blur them out, but I like to hope this helps catch folks' attention a bit more effectively, and perhaps also serves as a reminder to moderators that they're acting as stewards and should handle other people's profiles with care even when it doesn't seem particularly necessary.


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