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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Blog them, and their law II (corrected)

Some time ago, I started a clogger 'code of ethics'. My plan was to grow it organically and finally turn it into an NUJ-style set of rules to promote good practice in corporate blogging.

This kind of self-government works. Trust me, I'm a journalist.

Spurred on by David Tebbutt's post on crafty blog changers, and still smarting from Andy Hayler's blatant ignorance of my influence on him and subsequent attempts at contact, I'd like to propose rule number 2.

Here it is:

2. When you edit a published blog post, track your changes openly and publicly. (Tebutt) (Tebbutt)

So, to recap:

1. In social situations, everything is off the record unless otherwise agreed. (Foremsky) (Foremski)

2. When you edit a published blog post, track your changes openly and publicly. (Tebbutt)

Who's with me?

Or are you all far too busy being 'subversive' to care?



Blogger David Tebbutt said...

Good for you. May I add another?

Spell people's names correctly:


Tebbutt (okay - you got that right more often than not)

Keep up the good work.

8:24 am  
Blogger Jon said...

Thank Mr Tebbutt. That'll teach me to drink and blog.

I suppose, in this case, there was no way I could secretly correct the mistakes and delete your comment!

9:37 am  
Blogger David Tebbutt said...

I'd say secretly correct and delete comment. No problem at all.

And you can call me David. I feel we know each other anyway.

1:07 pm  
Blogger John Cass said...

A good start and good list. Your hitting on issues of transparency. Many people have written on this issue.

How about, if you reference something attribute them.

10:07 pm  
Blogger Jon said...

Johnny hi!

I thought you were accusing me of not referencing my sources correctly but realise that you're actually making a suggestion for the list. Nice one.

I'll work it in.

10:17 pm  
Blogger SB said...

Sorry, but while your rule is good in theory, and many people do follow it, I personally am incapable of doing so.

I'm a perfectionist and, unfortunately, also impatient. So I routinely post things, then I read them, then I notice I spelled something wrong or forgot to mention something, then I go back and make an edit. Sometimes two, three or four times. And no way am I going to make my post look all messy with all those scratched-through words.

Usually I make all my changes within five minutes of the original post, so unless you have a reader that tracks every version, you'll never notice, hopefully.

I don't WANT to be like this -- but I can't HELP being like this. So please, don't ban me from blogging because of this quirk.

12:00 am  

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