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Intended? Probably (not). If it's intended, what is the purpose of blocking this if you can just update from another community? It is a corner case (even if you're suspended). And not all corner cases need to be sealed tight to still pass the water-proof test. That you're able to circumvent this low barrier easily by doing some sane things on another ...


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To prevent automatic crawlers Having your e-Mail address on your bio is a surefire way to get on a lot of spam lists very quickly. Of course, writing it down like this isn't going to stop a determined spammer, but it keeps the bots away that look for a construct like <something>@<something>.<something> and report it as e-Mail address.


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Because they don't want to attract spam emails from companies using email scrapers. The Wikipedia page on Email-address harvesting explains: Email harvesting is the process of obtaining lists of email addresses using various methods. Typically these are then used for bulk email or spam.


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As with many such positions, an employee of Stack Overflow wields two forms of power: Violence: the ability to destroy the work or reputation of others. Persuasion: the ability to amplify their voice and thus allow their arguments to convince many more people than would otherwise take note. Clearly, #1 goes away with the termination of employment. But... ...


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If there were to be a former staff flag added, then I think the next flag to be requested would be a former moderator flag. I think that, on a site where content quality is our primary focus, that to implement any indicators on user types, other than current staff and moderators who have privileges beyond those on the privileges page, would be counter-...


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I do absolutely see the value in what you're asking, particularly now that the highest-rep, highest-volume MSE user (by far) is no longer part of the company. I've also thought about this a lot from the other side... what is it like to be very active here before being hired and then get added to the roster and have to imagine everything you've previously ...


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There are several potential problems. Criticism: The former employee might decide to delete their account (I am not aware of internal policies that prevent them from doing it). In that case, this "former-employee" flag is not visible. The former employee might have contributed before they became an SO employee and might decide to contribute after their ...


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Though the UI for the settings page has changed in the 5 years and 8 months since this was requested, the issue was still there. Happy to report that it has been fixed. For mods who are viewing another user's [Profile and Settings] page, clicking on the [Privileges] link will load up the privileges page for that user. And the header at the top of the page ...


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I don't know in which build this was fixed, but the alignment is consistent now.


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From what I see, it's because you're not really logged in while following a link, it's rather something I call "token action" personally, not sure if it's official term. The reason is that you make an action that usually requires logging in via pure GET request, so must use some unique and unguessable token to prevent hacking. Hence, it's not possible to ...


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This was intended (it has actually been there for five years, displaying for any user whose display name changed recently). However, the feature itself is no longer necessary, and has been removed. For moderators: if a user has changed their display name recently, you will still be able to see this and their recent names in the Account Info dropdown on ...


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