In Howard Butler's answer, he gives out his email address.

I was tought in Pre-K not to publish personal information on the internet.

Shouldn't there be something in the FAQ that advises against posting personal information?

  • On another note, we should generally discourage any way of contact information inside an answer; we want the solution to be on our site, not outside of it. Feb 13, 2012 at 21:50
  • I'd note another similar situation is if a password is given out by accident - its happened before on SF.
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Feb 17, 2012 at 0:47

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Generally, as ♦ moderators, we:

  1. Delete the post.
  2. Edit out the sensitive information.
  3. Contact a SE developer to remove the information from the revision history.
  4. Undelete the post.

So, as a registered user or 10K+ user, you should edit out the sensitive info and flag the answer, letting us know what's going on. We'll take it from there.

  • I'll also do that..., thanks.
    – wizlog
    Feb 13, 2012 at 20:48

A lot of users do this, adding a little tagline/Signature to their posts. Usually these are first time answers. The best thing to do, which I do, is to simply press Edit and then remove it. As a 2k+ user, you have the ability to help users clean this out.

After removing it, simply leave a little comment advising them to fill out their email on their Profile, instead of adding it on there. You may want to notify a moderator via flag or chat, so they can clean it out.

  • I'll do that, Thanks.
    – wizlog
    Feb 13, 2012 at 20:37
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    Good point! It's not just 10k+ users who can help with this but anyone with edit access. Furthermore, even users without edit access can and should still flag the answer for a moderator. :)
    – jmort253
    Feb 13, 2012 at 23:05

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