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I've hidden my Earth Science community from the "regular" network profile.

Community hidden

But whenever I go on Area 51, it says that I'm active in that community.

Community visible

Is there a workaround? Why does it not universally hide them in the first place?

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    In the hidden community page we do caution that it is not a true privacy setting and that your network activity will still be visible in some places. – Oded Apr 23 '15 at 14:19
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    @Oded is right, this isn't a bug, though might fit as feature request. – Shadow9 Apr 23 '15 at 14:54
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    @Oded If it is not meant for privacy (even with only weak guarantees), what is that feature actually good for? I can't see any use for it at the moment, as the connection between profiles is still easily visible via the network profile and the A51 site as described in this post. Maybe I'm missing something, but privacy seems to be the main reason one would want to hide connections between profiles. – Disappointed in SE Apr 23 '15 at 15:03
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    It is for people who do not want to prominently display certain posts/communities on their profile page (say they link them on their CV for prospective employers). Most people who visit the profile page of a user do not go to area51 or the network profile of such a user. It is for those casual browsers of the profile and those who do not know the network that the feature is designed for (i.e. they will not see these posts/communities and will not be wise to area51 and the network profile), @MadScientist – Oded Apr 23 '15 at 15:13
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    @MadScientist I strongly agree. StackExchange owning everything I post is a bit pushy, but if it refuses to keep one community hidden for my privacy, I'm done. – boxspah Apr 28 '15 at 1:40
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    What's the point of hiding it if we get to see the hidden communities? – Universal Electricity Jul 6 '15 at 15:31
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    You are totally right this is wrong. Just another question that shows the uselessness of this feature. – Patrick Hofman Sep 4 '15 at 20:34
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    @MadScientist: The feature is privacy theater. It looks impressive, but anyone can stumble across your involvement in a couple clicks or by accidentally hitting the wrong site. Actual functionality is akin to putting a sticker that says "This is not my diary" on your journal. – Nathan Tuggy Sep 5 '15 at 2:52
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    I don't know how or if this ties in, but Area 51 even shows profiles that don't exist any more, like here. So it's not drawing its info only from the active network profile. Whatever is causing this might also come into play with hidden communities, so it's something for devs to check. – Monica Cellio Feb 28 '16 at 20:51
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As a workaround, you can always create multiple accounts. Jeff Atwood says this, so it should be authoritative. You would just have to deal with losing your rep and not getting the initial +100.

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