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Once you press send on an instant message, it <s>sensd.s</s> sends. The message is irrevocable and the only way to make corrections to it is to retype the entire thing, or use some notation like:
Screenname13789: Let's go pubic!
What instant messengers really need is
a quick way to strike out the last thing you said, or specific words from the last thing you said, analogous to Morse code's ·······.
This would more quickly get the point across.
Telegram: "Starting today, you can edit the text of your messages after sending them." [omegatron, Sep 14 2016]
||pshsh! whyt he hiell iwoudl i dio that?!1
||I thought this would be a strikethrough feature used in applications like Word, with a button in the taskbar, so you could strike-as-you-type. This is better. +
||I tend to be too slow to catch the mistakes. This means five
edits and people telling me what I've missed. The upshot,
you have to know you have made a mistake.
||You can edit your messages on Slack too.