Editing the Blogosphere
There’s an interesting conversation going on over at PrawfsBlawg about the norms regarding editing or deleting one’s blog posts. Ethan Leib wrote:
It is certainly true that one finds many bloggers who “update” their posts, informing readers of changes made to the original posts. But I suppose my view is that I am entitled to do whatever I want with my posts. One could argue, I guess, that I have duties to the blogosphere–whatever ethical community that is. Still, my tentative view is that if I want to edit or delete my posts with or without disclosure, that is my prerogative.
I generally don’t delete my posts or parts of my posts, but I think that it is very important that a norm doesn’t develop that deletion is taboo. True, it can be annoying for readers to find a post deleted or altered. But that’s a small price to pay for encouraging people to engage in a robust debate in the blogosphere. Sometimes we say things we regret, and a non-deletion norm might be more chilling of speech than an ok-to-delete-when-really-embarrassed norm.