recently posted a discussion about weblog ethics
, and especially about the hot topic (in the blogosphere) of editing and modifying posts after they have been posted. It is an interesting topic in general, but I thought it might be good to lay out my own rules for this blog. I will start with the list of rules that Rebecca Blood outlines in her WebLog Ethics
article, and modify them as I see fit.
1. Publish as fact only that which you believe to be true.
I can live with that as is. If I publish it here, it may be my perspective on the truth, but I won't deliberately mislead.
2. If material exists online, link to it when you reference it.
This is a good point. I do my best with regards to this, although I don't quote a lot.
3. Publicly correct any misinformation.
This I will do if it makes sense. Again, I don't want to mislead anyone.
4. Write each entry as if it could not be changed; add to, but do not rewrite or delete, any entry.
I don't really agree with this. This weblog is meant to provide inside insight into the ongoing process of software development and thinking here at Genii Software, but this is a commercial site, and I would rather edit and make posts better, particularly where I am following rule #3, than leave them alone. In particular, tutorials (see the right hand side), are subject to modification if I realized I was less clear than I could have been, or if I find information that contradicts statements I made, or if I simply find a better way to express the information. They should be treated as living documents. In general, I will not edit posts simply to make me look less stupid after the fact.
5. Disclose any conflict of interest.
I am in it for the money. There, satisfied?
6. Note questionable and biased sources.
All sources are questionable and biased. Ed Brill is a great guy, but he works for IBM, and I don't plan on disclosing that every time I mention his views or quote him. Bill Gates has some pretty valid points as well, but again, he is biased. Unless I am quoting something I have serious doubts about myself (thus expressing my own bias), I would not claim to do this, and I doubt I would quote such sources anyway. Caveat reader!
OK, I hope that clarifies things.
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