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I request the community to let me know:

  • How does it define a partial answer?
  • What should be the minimum information a partial answer should include?
  • In what circumstances a partial answer should be deleted?
  • The reasoning for deleting my answer in respect to the case I've mentioned below.

The help center states that:

Have the same problem?

Still no answer to the question, and you have the same problem? Help us find a solution by researching the problem, then contribute the results of your research and anything additional you’ve tried as a partial answer. That way, even if we can't figure it out, the next person has more to go on. You can also vote up the question or set a bounty on it so the question gets more attention.

There are related questions on Meta.SE as well:


What's your central issue?

I posted an answer (partial IMO) to this question. To my surprise, the answer got deleted with a message:

Although this information may be useful you should not post it as an answer. If you feel that this is a different question then post it as a question. Otherwise add this information in to the original question as a suggested edit. thanks!

High rep users would be able to see that deleted answer as well as the note that I made at the very beginning:

This is not an answer, but has further information that may help someone to answer the question.


What are you expecting now?

Not that I've any issue here with anyone who closed or flagged it, but I cannot fathom how my answer does not (as per the help center content I quoted above) qualify as a partial answer? To my understanding, it does it very well.


Why can't you follow the advice given in the message by Mod?

If you feel that this is a different question then post it as a question.

This is not a different question, so it would not make sense for me posting a duplicate question at all.

Otherwise add this information in to the original question as a suggested edit.

I'm certain it will be rejected even if I make a note in the suggested edit that it's research. The reviewers are not bound to reflect the Mod's understanding anywhere (especially when they're unaware of the issue here).

Also, the help center states about editing as:

When should I edit posts?

[...]

Common reasons for edits include:

  • To fix grammar and spelling mistakes
  • To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning)
  • To include additional information only found in comments, so all of the information relevant to the post is contained in one place
  • To correct minor mistakes or add updates as the post ages
  • To add related resources or hyperlinks

I don't think my edit would meet any criteria quoted above. So editing that existing question is a strict no for me.

Note that a Mod can do so, but they would've already done that when encountered my answer considering their wisdom/experience on the subjects here.


Original deleted answer for those who can't see it

This is not an answer, but has further information that may help someone to answer the question.


I use three profiles regularly on Firefox (v38.0.5) for Linux, and added two new profiles to reproduce the issue OP has.

Scenario 1

  1. Created Profile 1, and added no addon/plugin. Default profile from scratch to be precise. (No other profile is running except this one.)
  2. Launched Private browsing and opened gmail.com
  3. Logged in (two-step verification) with Stay signed in checked. Note that I didn't check Don't ask for codes again on this computer for two-step verification.
  4. Relaunched Firefox and repeated step 2.
  5. As OP said, as soon as I entered my email ID and clicked Next, Gmail detected my name registered with account.

Scenario 2

  1. Created Profile 2, and added no addon/plugin. Default profile from scratch to be precise. (No other profile is running except this one.)
  2. Launched Private browsing and opened gmail.com
  3. Logged in (two-step verification) without Stay signed in checked. Note that I didn't check Don't ask for codes again on this computer for two-step verification.
  4. Relaunched Firefox and repeated step 2.
  5. As OP said, as soon as I entered my email ID and clicked Next, Gmail detected my name registered with account.

It must be noted that there is no trace of any browsing history (including Form history) which means I cannot delete or forget any site since they were never visited in default Firefox browsing mode.

Is this some kind of terrible feature of Firefox, a bug, or Google seems to show the name based on User-agent I guess.

Regardless of what it is, how do I get rid of it?


Update 1: There are two things that I found very interesting. IDT whether Firefox is the reason or the Google itself is doing it, but here it is -- You do not get to see the name in Private browsing if:

  • you change the IP address (I use two different carriers)
  • you tweak the User-agent to something that makes no sense (like weB.32.x64.ApplicationS) -- in this case, Gmail throws both Email and Password field at once, and doesn't detect the name, no matter what.

Update 2: Chromium for Linux rather behaved differently here. It reproduced the issue for one IP but not for the other (tried multiple times). I think Google has something to do here.

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I deleted the answer and in hindsight this was an error. It was perhaps, on reflection, a hasty decision.

Sorry, I made a mistake. I have reinstated your answer.

Apologies for any confusion caused, please keep up the good work!

  • Thank you very much. It's a big relief! On a side note, does the meta here has questions pertaining to the general three questions(points) I asked in this question? Also, I see two choices now: either I remove my case (now obsolete) and make the questions general (see the first three questions). Or, delete/flag it altogether for being absolutely obsolete. What do you recommend? – Firelord May 28 '15 at 14:59
  • You are talking about the question here on meta right? Just leave it as it is, all good here. – codingbadger May 29 '15 at 6:53

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