I just noticed (on a site I am a moderator on) that in my profile, under Activity > Account info (visible only to moderators), "email" shows an e-mail address that I no longer use for Stack Exchange.

I have already (quite a while ago now) changed the e-mail address under Edit profile and settings > Edit email settings, as well as under Edit profile and settings > My logins. I have also verified today that those two pages show the correct e-mail address.

I am almost certain that I did the corresponding changes throughout the network when I updated the e-mail address. I certainly did not deliberately leave the old e-mail address anywhere that I was aware of.

In what locations other than those two do I need to update my e-mail address for the change to apply everywhere, network-wide? Alternatively, from which user-editable field does the "email" field of the Account info mod view get its data?

  • I think it's the email used for registration (check if it's the same on PII). Speculation: it might also be a remnant from using OpenID back then when it's still supported. Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 9:32
  • @MetaAndrewT. "check if it's the same on PII" Yep, it is. That still leaves the question of how to change it. As for OpenID, I specifically deleted that login method way back when; the only login method listed now is the e-mail address I want to use.
    – user
    Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 11:28
  • If it's under PII, then I'm more confident to say that it's used only when registering a SE account for the first time, so I don't think it can be changed since it's also for moderation purpose (note: clicking the email on the PII section reveals something more). Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 17:33
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    @MetaAndrewT. That would appear to be in direct contradiction to the GDPR (and SE has specifically said that they consider the GDPR a good thing), Section 3, Article 16, Right to rectification, as well as at best potentially useless for moderation purposes (an outdated e-mail address is potentially worse than useless, since there is no reason to believe that even if it was accurate and monitored when the account was created, it necessarily still is either).
    – user
    Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 19:42
  • I have made a request asking for this info to be removed from all sites. Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 21:25

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This is a vestigial field; it's still used for unregistered users, Gravatar, and maybe a few other things I forget... But it's no longer directly editable except on Area51.

If you need / want to clear it, you can contact support and we'll get you taken care of.

I've cleared all of these emails from your account, with the exception of Area51 - you can do that yourself: https://area51.stackexchange.com/users/edit/68299 (since you probably want to change it there, not clear it). (Other users will need to edit that URL to use their own Area 51 user ID instead.)


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