I recently received an email from a new member saying he signed up, posted and realized when he looked at his post he could see his email address. He went right to his Profile to find a way to hide his email address. Upon finding the Hide Email address option was already checked, he found when he went back to his post he could still see his email address. He promptly removed his account and wrote me an email with his concerns.
For anyone confused about this, I'd like you to know that if the check box to Hide Email is checked, than your email *is* hidden from all other members (admins, of course, can see everything). You can check this, for example, by looking at any posts by Lord Monkey or myself, as both our accounts have email hidden turned on.
When you look at your own posts you will see all your information, including your email, as the system does not hide anything from you that is in your own account. If you are really really concerned you can also create a second account to double check to see what another member sees, or have a friend verify.
Also note that non-members cannot see your email address no matter what you set it at.
We are very concerned about email privacy as everyone online should be, we would not want your information compromised any more then we want our own information compromised.
I hope this clears up any potential questions there may have been on this topic.
If anyone has any questions on this topic or anything else feel free to reply, email or PM!