I'm programing an interface for log files which admins can "delete" the entire file, "clean" the file (remove dupes), and another function where the admin can delete specific words out of the file.

I'm trying to think of a one or two word description for the last case of removing evidence or deleting a specific word.

Any suggestions?

  • Try redact or expunge. You can tell I'm a fan of the SCP Foundation. Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 3:26
  • I think redact fits the profile. I thought about expunge before posting this but it would have been misleading for deleting the entire file. Thanks! +rep if you post as answer
    – dukevin
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 3:29
  • Answered questions do make the entire site better. Done! Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 3:50

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I believe redact works best.


transitive verb
1. to put in writing : frame
2. to select or adapt (as by obscuring or removing sensitive information) for publication or release; broadly : edit
3. to obscure or remove (text) from a document prior to publication or release

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