I have several questions that I want to ask that I don't want to be linked back to me by the people about whom I'm asking*, who might recognize my username. There are others that would require disclosing personal information that would be just fine on its own, but that I don't want to be associated with my username.

I understand that questions can be dissociated from the OP by a moderator, but as far as I can tell that is a retroactive measure. If I know beforehand that the question is best not associated with my account, what is the best course of action?

*These are complex situations and taking the risk of them making the connection is not the right course of action.

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    You could always create another account. As long as your multiple accounts don't interact with each other that's OK. I.e. don't do anything with 2 accounts that you couldn't do with one such as vote on one of your own posts. Sep 3, 2018 at 13:19

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You can simply create a sockpuppet account and ask the question this way. See this authoritative answer on how to handle sockpuppets.

I've seen this several times, even in case of answers when they didn't want them to be associated with their account (often named something like Throwaway...). As long as you don't abuse it (vote for your other account's post, harass people), it's fine. After all, SE is about the content, not the person.

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    Note: if you create multiple accounts, they may automatically merge them. Sep 3, 2018 at 14:09
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    After posting the question, you should request dissociation so that in case the accounts get merged, it won't affect the post. Sep 3, 2018 at 15:45
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    Worth pointing it you don’t even have to create a user to ask a question. Can’t merge a user that doesn’t exist.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 4, 2018 at 3:50

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