If you copy and paste some code and accidentally forget to remove sensitive info, is there a way to get rid of that information, so even the revision history doesn't contain it?
Just flag for a moderator, or send an email to [email protected].
- Firstly edit the post yourself to remove the sensitive information.
- Then custom flag your post and for for whatever previous revisions need to be redacted to be redacted.
If you don't edit the post yourself you're relying on the mod to determine what should and should not be redacted. Since you know what it is you want removed and that's something you can do yourself, you should do that. Your flag may be rejected if you don't do this if the mod cannot determine what it is that needs redacting.
If your post is a question, check that any existing answers haven't copied your sensitive information, and try if possible not to invalidate any existing answers when you edit your question.
Note that moderator redaction can take some time as it requires two moderators to complete it.
Even if you do all this it's possible that scrapers and archivers have already seen your post and copied it. There's nothing we can do about that I'm afraid, once the genie has escaped it's very hard to get it back in the bottle.