One interesting book that I hope someone writes one day is about the informal norms of the blogosphere. My last post -- wrongheaded as it was -- raises some potentially interesting questions on this front. (Gary Farber's detailed comment got me thinking about this stuff -- plus the desire to take that stinker off the top of the page).
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.
And that's what I find interesting. How and why exactly have these norm developed? If I'm just trying to avoid punishment by the audience, why do you care? It seems clear that, if I had just deleted the post with nary a peep, then something would be wrong with that. But if I had written, "I had a post here, but it was stupid so I deleted it," well, that doesn't seem quite right either.
Anyway, consider this an open thread on this stuff, or whatev's.