I accidentally posted some code during an edit in an answer that I did not want to be public. Couldn't just rollback the edit to really get rid of it. Deleted the answer and reposted modified without private info. Awarded a cleanup badge.

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    What exactly is the feature request? – Ian Elliott Aug 18 '09 at 0:25
  • Think it should be retagged "bug" so it can just be marked "status-bydesign"? – Robert Cartaino Aug 18 '09 at 0:31
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    Deletes don't really go away, there's just a restricted set of people who can see them. You might want to contact a moderator or the SO team about getting the private information really deleted if you're concerned about security. – tvanfosson Aug 18 '09 at 0:41

Even though you can't see it, that deleted answer is still there in the system. Anyone with > 10k of reputation would be able to see your answer and your code, so as tvanfosson says, you should probably contact a mod to delete it (flag your answer or something with a little note for them).

  • can't flag the deleted answer – Hafthor Aug 18 '09 at 17:36
  • maybe flag your other one but ask the mod to delete your first answer (you have a bit of room in the message box to write this) – a_m0d Aug 18 '09 at 23:48

I wouldn't worry about it.

You did a rollback; you earned a badge. There's no productive way the system can determine that your rollback turned out not to be needed. What if you deleted the message days (or years) later?

Once awarded, badges are rarely removed. It's okay.

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