There has been a lot of discussion going on about bloggers editing their posts after they have published it and of the author of the blogs editing out flames in their comments. Some folks are pointing out the ethics of doing these things with sides being taken and whatnot. One blogger, Rebecca Blood, came up with a proposed code of ethics for bloggers. I like what she came up with but I’ve never thought of myself as a journalist, only someone who likes to write his thoughts down and put them somewhere that they can be commented on. I don’t believe Rebecca’s ethics quite apply to this blog.
Still, since folks are getting all hot and bothered about edits and such I thought it might be a good idea to publish a house policy how I operate this blog. If you want to hold me to a standard this is the standard to hold me to.
- I will edit my posts. If I see a typo or a grammatical error I’m not going to leave it out there for the world to see and point to saying, “look what a dummy.” If I ever post something that I look at and say, “boy was I a jerk to say that”, I’m going to remove it. If you quote what I say and point to it before I remove it let me know and I’ll edit my post again to say what I’ve done and why I edited my post. I have no problem admitting I’m a jerk when I’m a jerk.
- I don’t get many comments on this site and I’ve never edited a comment here or on Justin’s Journal but that’s just because there has never been a problem. If you have attached your name and e-mail address to the comment I’ll leave it be unless it’s clearly libelous or unjustly opening up an embarrassing personal situation for someone else. If you are an anonymous commenter I’ll delete your comment for a lot less of a reason. I’m out here in the open with what I say, if you want to be controversial in your comments then I think it’s only fair to ask you to open yourself up the same way with a proper ID.
- I will strive to be accurate with the information I convey here unless I’m in a playful mood and want to yank someone’s chain. With that in mind I will leave you this caveat, believe nothing you read on this site unless it is consistent with what I have said in the past or with what you know. You ought to be able to tell by the tone of my post and the category I place the post in if I’m being serious or not. If you can’t tell then check my facts with Google. I will occasionally pull your leg.
That’s all I can think of for now. Most likely this post will be edited. I’ll link to it in the header in a day or so in order to have an easy way to find my policy page. If you have any questions just leave them in the comments here… or ask them on your blog and send me a track back ping.