I’m new to the game, and my readership isn’t such that I have to take these questions too, too seriously, but Publius tackles them anyway…
Anyway, the question is this — how long should writers have to edit or even remove posts without notifying readers? My general view is that I have about a 10 minute window to remove a post entirely for any reason. After that, I start feeling queasy about it — and, to my knowledge, I’ve never removed one after about 10-15 minutes (much as I’ve wanted to).
I think the window is longer for wordsmithing. But after a half hour or so, I tend to think strikeouts or “Updates” are more appropriate unless they’re very minor typos. Why that is, I’m not entirely sure.
I’ve only been blogging for a month or so, but I’ve felt pretty stupid about some of the things I’ve said. Today, for example, it’s been damned hot and I haven’t said anything of merit.
I don’t think I’ve deleted anything outright, but I have gone back and done some wordsmithing (this post comes to mind) well after the fact. All I did to alert my readers was mention that it was updated in the title; I didn’t tell anyone what I’d specifically changed. In my defense, the changes were strictly stylistic, and nothing of substance was affected, but it still left me feeling a bit, shall we say, naughty.
Anyway, I think that I’m morally in the clear. If I were an Yglesias, though, or a Sullivan, or a Publius–in short, if I were someone who the general public stumbled upon by accident, I might have to figure out a system. But I’m not, so for the time being I feel pretty okay just winging it.