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The sentence in the title of this question is shown on hovering hidden accounts when one visits the page https://stackexchange.com/users/userid/username?tab=accounts. I have given a screenshot below.

This account is hidden and will is only shown to you and moderators

(I have hidden some of my accounts from the screenshot too!)

The tooltip currently shown is

This account is hidden and will is only shown to you and moderators

As far as I understand, the sentence is wrong due the word "will" shown in bold!

Here are a couple alternative sentences that could be used:

This account is hidden and is only shown to you and moderators

This account is hidden and will only be shown to you and moderators

I like the first one – all in present tense. But Jon Ericson says future tense in the second one implies promise. I say to this, present tense in the first one implies promise implemented :)

I don't know, it is up to wise moderators to decide. I just did my part.

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    I hadn't specified hover text when I proposed the feature internally. That's a nice touch! Mar 8, 2016 at 5:07
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    @Jon SE developers love tooltips... Mar 8, 2016 at 7:25
  • Implemented using the phrasing by Jon settled on.
    – Oded
    Mar 8, 2016 at 10:16
  • @Oded Glad to know, though I would have liked it very much if the decision had been to use the phrase I suggested! Mar 8, 2016 at 10:30
  • @Oded By the way, your previous comment sounds fishy as well. I suspect it was you who wrote that tooltip in the first place, no offense :) Mar 8, 2016 at 10:34
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    Might have been, might not have been ;)
    – Oded
    Mar 8, 2016 at 10:34

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There does seem to be an extra and a missing word:

This account is hidden and will only be shown to you and moderators

I'll have the developer change it.

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    Instead of "...will only be...", I think what I said in my previous comment sounds better, don't you think? This account is hidden and is only shown to you and moderators – all in present tense, feels better to me. Mar 8, 2016 at 5:34
  • The future tense implies a promise. You can see the site and moderators can see the site, but nobody else. Would you mind updating the question itself with these details, @Shadowfax? Mar 8, 2016 at 6:10
  • Lol "I'll have the developer change it." :)
    – nicael
    Jul 9, 2016 at 15:31

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