A few minutes ago, I asked an anonymous question while purposefully not logged into Stack Exchange (it was about a sensitive topic and I intended it to be anonymous).
When asked for an email, I gave an email that I didn't expect to be associated with an existing Stack Exchange account. However, when I posted the question it attached my avatar to it. This has the potential to deanonymize me.
I received an email after posting asking me to "verify my email address," so I did with the hope that I would be able to reclaim my question, but I have not been able to do that. I may have to merge my account, but I am concerned that it will take a long time.
How can I delete the question or remove the photo associated with the question? Can I edit or delete an anonymous question after asking it? Is there a way for me to do this without merging the accounts?
Why did it use my avatar when I am not registered on that specific stack exchange site (alternatively, why did it use my photo when I was supposedly posting as "Anonymous")? Will there be a permanent record of this question associated with my photo?