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Question: How do I cancel an article I posted?
Answer:If you post an article and remember something you've left out or realize you've made a factual error, or just had second thoughts about the temperature of your flamethrower, you can cancel the article and (if canceled quickly enough) prevent its distribution. Then you can correct whatever was wrong and post a new copy. You must react quickly, typically within a few minutes before it gets into the outbound feeds.
Use your news reader to actually read the article you just posted from the server you just posted it to... you may need to exit the reader and re-enter to cause the reader to update it's counters. In "rn, trn, strn" flavors of UNIX shell newsreaders an article that you posted can then be canceled with the "C" command. In "tin", which is HiWAAY's preferred UNIX shell newsreader, use "D" (delete) to cancel. Graphical User Interfaced newsreaders typically offer "Cancel" from a menu.
Cancelling an article rarely prevents it from getting some distribution, because our news servers almost always have several outbound feeds running just about constantly. If your article manages to reach other servers, they may choose to honor your cancel request or not, and many don't. So our advice is make certain you want your post to be seen before pressing that 'Send' button. It's often a good idea after you write your pearls of wisdom to let them remain unsent for a little while to 'cool off' and then re-read them before sending.