Is there any reason why it's not possible to un-link your SO account from your Careers account?

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    Why not just clean up the question? That will benefit everybody and not just yourself.
    – random
    Nov 16, 2009 at 1:47
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    Edits are still visible. I think it's a fair request -- not everyone wants to go public. Some even choose nicknames and mysterious avatars in order to hide a bit.
    – Ether
    Nov 16, 2009 at 2:23
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    But edits will also show others how you've improved in your learning and that's got to be a good thing.
    – random
    Nov 16, 2009 at 2:34
  • Something like "Clear All Associations" on your SO profile?
    – random
    Nov 16, 2009 at 3:32
  • you could also delete the question
    – warren
    Nov 16, 2009 at 4:29
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    @Ether: If you didn't want to go public, and choose a nickname or avatar, why would you associate your SO profile with your careers account anyway?
    – womble
    Nov 16, 2009 at 10:54
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    @womble: I think the association happened automatically via the choice of OpenID; it's not something I recall setting up manually. In my case I'm not hell-bent on anonymity; I just don't like my name popping up a million times in google. I'm not hard to find if you're really intent on it. :)
    – Ether
    Nov 16, 2009 at 20:28

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Even serious and helpful answers can be reason to deny you a job position. For example, I know that showing any liking for perl disqualifies you as a serious developer in the eyes of my boss.

So if SO Careers links your real name to "tainted" SO questions, it would be useful to be able to unlink it. Maybe you can even write up some perl hate and link it to your new avatar!

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    yes, but that's a problem with your Boss, and not Stack Overflow Nov 16, 2009 at 16:54
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    @andomar: I guess we're never going to work together then..
    – Ether
    Nov 16, 2009 at 20:26
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    @Ether: You're assuming YOU'RE the one who's looking for a new job? hehe
    – Andomar
    Nov 16, 2009 at 21:48
  • Sure, but this is not an answer
    – hasen
    Nov 18, 2009 at 4:05

Kelso, based on the questions you've asked here, I am not sure our careers feature matches anything you want to do.

I think we have a bad fit here. No point in pushing a relationship that isn't going to work out for either one of us. No harm, no foul, everybody walks away.

Please email us for a refund at the address linked at the bottom of every careers.stackoverflow.com page -- we'll be happy to provide it.

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    hehe, sarcasm? but still, that's harsh
    – hasen
    Nov 18, 2009 at 4:06
  • Jeff: Maybe but I'm curious why this request is not feasible.
    – Kelso
    Nov 25, 2009 at 18:06
  • Kelso: I think the issue is about the genral culutre of openness. Careers seems to be about making it easy to show what you really are about. It's not about choosing how you want to present yourself, which seems to be what you're looking for. Dec 1, 2009 at 13:15

Since SO content is licensed under CC-Wiki, you should be able to request that the team disassociate any questions/answers that you don't want linked to your account from it. This is one of the moral rights that the CC-Wiki license retains to you -- the ability to remove your name from any of your content.

In addition to the right of licensors to request removal of their name from the work when used in a derivative or collective they don't like, copyright laws in most jurisdictions around the world (with the notable exception of the US except in very limited circumstances) grant creators "moral rights" which may provide some redress if a derivative work represents a "derogatory treatment" of the licensor's work.


The point of listing yourself on careers is for the association with your SO identity, otherwise it's just another CV database. So if you don't want that, maybe you're really looking for something else.

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