An anon user (which I assume stands for "anonymous")

Anonymous, deleted? user

doesn't seem to be very anonymous. This particular screen shot was taken from a post which I found by following a link on a (very non-anonymous) StackOverflow profile:

top network post

Ironically it's on security.SE regarding privacy.

If it's really intended behavior that the post should be listed among the users Top Network Posts, I think it should somehow be clarified that the user is not in fact anonymous.

  • Where is the bug? How the user is not anonymous? Nov 20, 2015 at 8:54
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    @ShadowWizard If I understand it correctly, the post was disassociated from the account, but there is still a link to the post in the network account. To actually check this we would need to know which user this is, but drawing attention to this case where the user intended to anonymize this doesn't seem like a good idea. Nov 20, 2015 at 8:55
  • @Mad maybe, it's really not clear from the title or question Nov 20, 2015 at 8:56
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    @ShadowWizard, I went the profile page of a StackOverflow user (a very non-anonymous profile page) and found a link to the post made by an "anonymous" user. This is why I think the 'anon' user gives a false impression of that the user who posted this answer is anonymous.
    – aioobe
    Nov 20, 2015 at 8:56
  • @MadScientist, which is why I didn't include a link to the users StackOverflow profile. I'd be happy to share the user id with a mod.
    – aioobe
    Nov 20, 2015 at 8:57
  • @aioobe OK, so you should clarify this in the question, not just say "it's not working". Nov 20, 2015 at 8:57
  • @ShadowWizard, I thought it was clear. (And I didn't say "it's not working".) I've updated the post.
    – aioobe
    Nov 20, 2015 at 8:59
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    I can reproduce this, it is a bug with the disassociation and the network account. Nov 20, 2015 at 9:00
  • So it's a bug in the Top Network Posts section of the profile page, tagged properly now. Nov 20, 2015 at 9:03
  • @Mad it's not network profile, it's ordinary user profile. Nov 20, 2015 at 9:04
  • @ShadowWizard That section is fetched from the network profile, that is where the actual bug is Nov 20, 2015 at 9:04
  • @Mad so the post is also visible in that user's network profile activity? Nov 20, 2015 at 9:06
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    I'm not in a position to judge whether it's a bug in the Top Network Posts section (which I assume is a presentation layer thing) or if it is to be considered a bug in a lower level (like the content of the database). I'd prefer to leave this open to the devs to judge.
    – aioobe
    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:06
  • @ShadowWizard I can see it in the "Top Answers" section of the network profile of that user, yes. Nov 20, 2015 at 9:07
  • OK, one last tag. Now let's wait for a dev... :) Nov 20, 2015 at 9:07

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In the interest of getting this resolved, I'll set my embarrassment aside and provide a live example.

In the past, I've had a few questions disassociated from my SO account.

For some reason they still show up on my SE profile:

Before anyone blames caching, these posts were disassociated at least several months ago.

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    There is also an example on The Workplace, currently deleted because of this failure but we'd kind of like to get the question (and its answers) back if we could. CMs have attempted to fix it at least twice. Mar 4, 2016 at 2:11
  • @MonicaCellio Maybe it'd be worth posting that you and other moderators have been forced to take such drastic action under the linked question, saying something about the quality of the deleted posts e.g. vote score. Maybe that'd nudge the SE devs into actually fixing this. Jul 14, 2017 at 20:22

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