Cancelmoose

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Cancelmoose

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A semi-mythical being that cancels Usenet articles posted by others. (In general, an article can only be cancelled by its original author.)

The Cancelmoose's usual target is spam or extremely excessive cross-posting.

Some believe that the Cancelmoose exists only in the same mythic sense that B1FF, the NSA line eater and Shub Internet exist; others consider Cancelmoose's historicity to be closer to that of Kibo. The latter group assume that the real Cancelmoose is not one person (or moose), but instead is a cabal of NNTP wonks. However, the Cancelmoose is probably real, seeing as how it has its own website.

http://nocem.org/.
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(A Midwest court ruled the other way - this will probably have to be sorted out by the Supreme Court.) So why don't I just write cancelbots and wipe folks who annoy me - say, letter writers - off the Net?
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And thus it was that in late 1994, postings began to vanish from alt.religion.scientology, occasionally with an explanation that the postings had been "canceled because of copyright infringement." To this day, it is not known who was behind the deployment of these "cancelbots," as they are known.