Saturday, April 22, 2006

"Proper procedure for shutting down a blog."

Bora explains:
Every now and then a blog shuts down. There are as many reasons as there are bloggers, ranging from getting bored, through getting Dooced, to dying. Every blogger goes about shutting down the blog in different ways. I tried here to put down, in more or less systematic way, the dos and donts of shutting down a blog. If you disagree with some of the points or have additions, please state your opinion and rationale for it in the comments.


First, spammers are mighty quick at taking over abandoned blog addresses and placing various shady businesses, including porn, on those addresses. Everyone who has ever linked to you is now linking to porn. Bad idea...
He also posts a rant from a very irate blogger, who is incensed that a favorite blog has been deleted. He argues that, once posted, a blog is part of something larger than its creator, and therefore must not be deleted. If I delete my blog, I am disrespectful to all who've ever linked to it! This has to be satire, Bora!


Blogger coturnix said...

That's what I thought when I first saw the rant. I found it though searching, so was unfamiliar with the blog (it is a sex blog after all). But it appears that guy was serious when he wrote it. And many of his points, angry tone ignored, make a lot of sense.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you are back.

Liz here from I Speak of Dreams.

A number of people have made the point that publishing to the internet is ethically similar to dead-tree publishing, and deleting an internet publication is therefore like book-burning.

Some people feel strongly about changes made to blog posts -- that it isn't quite kosher to change a post after the fact. Me, I tend to indicate when I've edited or changed a post, but I don't think that it is a requirement.

Some people feel strongly about comment moderation/editing, too -- that it is somehow ethically questionable, that it should either be all on or all off.

I don't hold with the position at all. It is my intellectual property, to do with as I wish.

2:37 PM  

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