Just as the question stated. I know it is marked under the private section of our profile, but I was just wondering if you could see stuff like that. And if you don't, do you see anything else that a normal/regular user wouldn't see?

  • Same answer != duplicate. I don't even think that other post answer the question anyway. Reopening.
    – Seth
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 16:18
  • real name != name you provide :-)
    – Lucio
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 16:33
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    One other point worth making is that a lot of people who "moderate" (eg edit, review, nominate to close/reopen, etc) aren't actual "moderators" but regular users with a high enough reputation level. These people can not see private information in profiles. I just wanted to make the distinction, because you may think of all these people as if they are "moderators" when only those with the ♦ next to their names are official moderators. Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 3:41
  • @neon_overload I edited the title.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Commented Oct 4, 2014 at 8:37

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Yes, moderators can see your real name and email, although this information isn't something we see on your profile by default, we have to click several buttons to see it. We also have to agree to abide by the Stack Exchange Moderator Agreement when we become moderators. This states:

ii. I acknowledge that I may have access to potentially personally-identifying information about Ask Ubuntu users and that in connection with such access

a. I will use such information solely in accordance with the then-current Privacy Policy of Ask Ubuntu,

b. I will not disclose this information to anyone,

c. I will not store or copy this information and

d. I will only use such information in connection with performance as a Ask Ubuntu moderator for the benefit of Ask Ubuntu.

So you can be sure that your information is pretty safe.

As to your question about other things we can see, moderators have access to all privileges as well as various other tools used in the moderation of the site. If you have any more specific questions ask away.

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    Additionally, the viewing of personal data is itself logged to the system. This provides some level of deterrent against abuse.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 15:43
  • This is the reason I don't fill out these fields and use a bogus email.
    – don.joey
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 16:15
  • @don.joey that is the reason why the do not necessarily have your real name ;)
    – Lucio
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 16:32
  • Byt why the labeled as "Private"??? then according to your answer they are not private OR perhaps I don't know real mean of the "Private". why??? or it will better if re-label to "share with Moderator". I really unlike this >:o, why site didn't tell that the moderator can see my Private Email ??? Also in Email text box titled "never displayed,..". at least you could replace it "show only for moderator..." Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 7:42
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    @KasiyA Private means private to only special people or not visible to all public. And this is the normal meaning of private in all sites. If no one can see it then it isn't useful.
    – PhoneixS
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 14:36
  • @PhoneixS :D :D Then public means public to all private or not visible to only special people, right?? :D . MAN this is not my answer and I'm not at all happy about this. Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 15:46
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    I don't really understand what you are upset about @KasiyA, do you think we are going to spam your email or something?
    – Seth
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 15:47
  • I'm not upset, I I just furious, but not about you and other moderators, about the "Private" label. they could labeled it as not private then I was not upset about that, so it's labeled "Private" while @PhoneixS in his comment says me "it means private to only special people". Then why the SITE not told me it means "private to only special people" if that is true. sorry for down vote,sorry Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 16:00
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    @KasiyA to tell you an example, when you fill a bank form they said that the information is private but they can access it and many of them have a closure of what they can do or not with the data that you must accept. This is why when working with services you normally sign an agreement of privacy. In askubuntu you have "By registering, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service." when registering.
    – PhoneixS
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 16:29

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