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Is there a way to remove part of a question so that those parts are not visible in the revisions? I need the three commented lines, beginning with Doesn't work removed from this question and any other sections that contain a directory path name. I foolishly didn't check my code before I copied it, and for privacy reasons, I need these parts removed. I deleted these parts of the question in an edit, but I don't want them visible through revisions, either. Thank you.

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You can just edit those parts out, or do you want them out of the revision history as well? – Ben Brocka Jun 8 '12 at 13:44
Yes, I want them out of the revision history as well, if possible. I revised my question a few minutes ago to include that I edited them out of the question. – Ricardo Altamirano Jun 8 '12 at 13:46
Unrelated, but I don't see anything there anyone could use in a meaningful way. If I'm close enough to get to your HD, it's too late anyway. – Dave Newton Jun 8 '12 at 13:47
I realise that might be the case, but I would still like the information removed. Is this possible? – Ricardo Altamirano Jun 8 '12 at 13:50
goat.bmp must be something really embarrassing. :^p – Mr.Wizard Jun 8 '12 at 14:06
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It is possible to delete revisions entirely, but only developers can do that.

What you'll need to do is edit the offending parts out of your post, then flag it for moderator attention explaining that you want a revision deleted. You might want to mention the revision number as well just so there's no confusion.

Moderators can't actually act on that flag, but as far as I know, flags calling for dev-only tasks like anonymizing a post or revision deletion are forwarded to developers.

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I flagged the question and mentioned both this question and the revision number in my flag. How long does that normally take? Not more than a few weeks, I hope. – Ricardo Altamirano Jun 8 '12 at 13:55
@pythonscript I removed your original revision. :) – Adam Lear Jun 8 '12 at 14:17
@AnnaLear - If I visit this link ( I still see the data in revision 3 (the commented out section and the file paths) – Ricardo Altamirano Jun 8 '12 at 15:07
@AnnaLear - My apologies. I hadn't updated my browser's cache, so your changes were not showing up. Thank you! – Ricardo Altamirano Jun 8 '12 at 15:25

A directory path name?

Please, when they are this trivial, do us a favor and suffer the consequences of your error with quiet dignity.

Its kind of a pain in the butt for mods to arrange fixes for these situations. In cases where actual, important secret info is released,

  1. Delete the post in question (if you can)
  2. Edit out the secret info without defacing the content of the question/answer
  3. Flag and ask for the edit history to be purged
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