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Here's one way they could have done it. I was able to link you to a GitHub account based on a Dropbox link you posted (with a quick Google to make the connection). From there, I cloned your repository and your email address was visible in the raw Git commit data. I also found a MozillaZine account, but I couldn't find any Chromium bug tracker connections....


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That's on me, and I'm really sorry about this! As Glorfindel explained, I accidentally CC'd everyone entitled to a watch from this contest, instead of BCC'ing... :\ One of the recipients then sent the message you quoted to everybody. Right before that email you mention, you should have one from me, apologizing for this mistake and making everyone aware of ...


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We agree this isn't ideal. You should now get (if logged in, and you have a real name specified that is not the same as your display name) a choice of which name to use for the invite. Additionally, it now defaults to the display name. Sorry about that.


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It turns out a Stack Exchange employee accidentally sent an e-mail, related to this contest, without putting the 110+ recipients in the BCC as required by data protection regulations. Therefore, all recipients could see each other's email addresses. A few minutes later, he apologized for this mistake, promising to send everyone a dollar if this would lead to ...


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The PDF in question is linked to from this question in the form of a drive.google.com link. Judging by the sample newsletter, the question was included in the newsletter you received. Gmail autodetects Google Drive links, and adds them as friendly attachments*.. which causes crazy in this particular, albeit pretty rare, instance. * You can test this by ...


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Go to https://openid.stackexchange.com and create a new account On that same page, click Use your own URL to log in Copy the link that looks like https://openid.stackexchange.com/user/xxxx-yyyy-etc Edit your logins at one of the Stack Exchange sites, such as https://stackoverflow.com/users/mylogins/me — this will affect all Stack Exchange sites: click ...


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Nice, but I suspect that for many people it's not enough. Not for personal use, but I do believe many people just hate emails of all kinds, so similar to the winterbash "I hate hats", I suggest adding "I hate emails" checkbox: It won't be ticked by default, but ticking it would override any other preferences, disable the rest of the form, and of course ...


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Pulling my comment into an answer... That type of email you got is a pretty typical recruitment email. Not just for Google, but for a lot of other companies. I got my job at Google through a similar process. Somebody liked one of my Stack Overflow answers and looked up my profile. After digging through a few links, he eventually found my email address and ...


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This will be fixed real soon -- like today. We'll now allow you to choose which name to include in the invitation email. You'll hear from a developer here when the fix is going live. update: it's aliiiive!


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The user that contacted you performed a search, found your question, then visited your user page. He had no other contact with any of your other content. That's all the information our logs show. As others have said, it's possible the user has access to an MD5-to-email lookup. To mitigate the ease of obtaining gravatar hashes, we've already removed ...


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I'd happily hang out their dirty laundry on Meta Stack Overflow (e.g. not withhold the company name) to make users aware that someone is trying to astroturf their product. That way the community can look out for the activity and nip it in the bud. And it should act as a deterrent against any other company thinking to buy exposure like this. Don't worry ...


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The situation mentioned by @D.W. is very true. A simple calculation below suggests that all emails with less than 11 characters must be cracked, and I will give a motivation to do so. The data dump here already contains all the MD5 hashed emails and the corresponding userid. Hence, it would be possible to do a brute force matching and there are someone do ...


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"The Overflow" got its own section under Email Settings. From what I observed (from main/sock accounts) it's being set by default to On when the "Features & Announcements" setting is On: I do agree the wording of "You’re receiving this email because you are subscribed to The Overflow Newsletter from Stack Overflow." is poor and misleading in such ...


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I can't say for sure, but I found your email by Googling using nothing but the public data on your SO page on a public Github page. I'd guess that's what Michael did.


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The mail address in your profile is private, only mods and SE employees can see it and they are not allowed to share it with third parties. Sharing PII like mail addresses is covered by the moderator agreement, and each access to that information is logged as well. SE doesn't sell mail addresses or something like that as far as I know. The usual way someone ...


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First, you have not opted out of receiving emails from recruiters that find your profile on Careers. The only way to do that is to make your profile unsearchable in the privacy settings on Careers. I believe this is what you were hoping was the case. Second, it completely sucks that that wasn't clear to you. What did you just opt out of? We have ...


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There are some technical aspects of the Stack Exchange platform that could, at least in principle, allow someone to deduce your email address. I somehow doubt that it's what happened to you, but I'll document it here for posterity, since I haven't seen it written down anywhere else. In particular, the MD5 hash of your email address is made publicly visible ...


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We've received reports of this, and we've contacted the folks involved. It's nothing nefarious, just some very enthused users that want to see a site go forward, but going about promoting it in the wrong ways. I've contacted them privately, we'll take it from here.


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I think this is an excellent idea. To be precise: to replace auto-generated mails with one or more of the suggestions made in the request. Similar to the recently suggested Replace the 100k and 250k swag ... it would really not cost much money to improve status quo. It would only require some people at SE Inc. to sit down and be creative. There are so ...


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Unfortunately we can't reveal what email you used for privacy reasons. If you lost access to your account, go to https://stackoverflow.com/users/account-recovery and try out a few email addresses. If all else fails, use the "contact us" link at the bottom of any page to reach us (Stack Exchange support) privately. We still won't be able to just reveal what ...


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No. A user's email address and/or OpenID information are not public information and users cannot search for them. This is not a social network, and there's not really any reason why someone would need to locate another user by email address anyways. If you do really know someone and you have some legitimate reason to know their account on a site, go ask them ...


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I agree e-mail addresses should not be posted. However, such a filter would undoubtedly hit a lot of innocent posts as well. I do not dare to guess how many posts there are on SO alone about matching e-mail addresses. Communicating about such questions and answers is going to get though if you forbid placing e-mail addresses altogether, even the obviously ...


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Moderators and employees have private chat rooms (that are invite only). There are a few such private rooms around - most sites have a specific mod only chat or two, and there is also a room for mods of all sites. And of course there is email - employees have access to email addresses of moderators and users, so if needed these can be used.


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Thanks for the report, empty. This e-mail is from us and we are in control of the URL you posted. You're right, we should've taken a bit more care here. Unfortunately the deed's done on this cohort of participants. We'll do better on the next group in two weeks. Sad Update (2018-09-25): Unfortunately we weren't able to move this from glitch to Stack ...


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Someone is either playing a joke on you, or doing this to simply rattle you. They've been using your email across a few IP's to create unregistered accounts on random sites, where they basically paste the contents of your profile into a question. I've deleted four fictitious accounts so far, and I'm on the lookout for more. I've also made sure that the ...


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Could've still been the Gravatar thing, if you were using that particular email with Gravatar back before we started salting them. For several years, the hash that's used to generate the Gravatar image was published regularly in the data-dumps. We don't do that anymore - as your first related link states - but the data from those old dumps is still out ...


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Due to a technical weakness in the gravatar system, if you use an auto-generated Gravatar, in many situations it would be technically possible to derive your email address from the Gravatar you use. Whether anyone will go to the lengths necessary to do so is less clear, but it is technically possible. Here's how. The URL to your Gravatar contains a MD5 ...


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You email and comment were not missed! The former was still marked as unread in my inbox (thought I'd seen it) and the latter was on a opened tab! I took a few days off late last week, so a few things piled up on me :\ As for the email: I just rechecked the list of addresses I sent it to, and yours was in there (so was @Magisch's, who mentioned in the ...


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The Stack Overflow in Portuguese Beta is not open yet, but it's coming in a couple of weeks. The proposal is quite old and we had no idea how many people were still interested in joining the site. That's why we asked you to fill that form, so people who are still actively interested on the site can get in first. As Anna said, this isn't like our other Beta ...


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I finally have a way! I made a Google Script that automatically will send you the amount of hot questions that you want as often as you like. Each question has its own recognizable icon and the overall styling is 100% StackExchange. Here's a sample of what you get to your mail: I put the code in my lonely public repo if you want to contribute. Google ...


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