Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

Possible Duplicate:
What should I do if a user posts sensitive information as part of a question or answer?

I just answered a question on SO which included a complete connection string for the user's production database. (No, I will not link to it)

What should I do about that?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by casperOne May 10 '12 at 13:23

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Change it to hunter2 – random Mar 21 '10 at 2:36
@random, No, thanks. – SLaks Mar 21 '10 at 2:38
The user in question has changed his password. However, my question still stands. What should we do about such people in the future? – SLaks Mar 21 '10 at 2:42
Clean it out:… – random Mar 21 '10 at 2:47

I think you need to flag this type of thing to the mods and send an email to to see if they will edit the revision where the password appears.

It probably happens fairly infrequently but I'm sure the mods and team won't mind dealing with it due to the critical nature of such a mistake.

That said, if it happens again then there's no helping some folk, like the Stack Overflow user I watched one day posting his SQL connection string into the #stackoverflow IRC channel.

share|improve this answer
Edit, then ask for the previous revision to be removed altogether: see Who has the privilege to delete a revision? – Arjan Aug 12 '11 at 15:06

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .