I am a longtime SO user, but recently I created a new account for Parenting SE. (As in, new username associated with a different email address.) I do this because I use SO and similar sites (Server Fault, etc.) in the professional sphere--I have a SO careers page and I anticipate prospective employers checking out my SO profile.
On Parenting SE, on the other hand, I ask question(s) in the domain of--obviously--parenting, which I do not consider part of the professional sphere. And in fact whatever questions I might ask there, since they of necessity reveal information about my children and family life, I would like to keep private.
So I am dismayed to find out that as of yesterday, mods at SO (or AI?) has figured out that my two SE profiles are the same person, and merged them. It gets worse: I also used an alternate account to ask a sensitive question about contracts, and this too has been merged into my main account.
Is this SE policy, or did some lone wolf moderator go out and do this? In the former case, what considerations outweigh my desire for privacy? Is there another way to achieve privacy within the SE system?