First of all, those of you who know what inspired me to write this, please keep it to yourselves. I do not mean this entry to be a dig at anyone or to re-open an argument.
There is a valid topic for discussion here though. Here's my take:
1. It is perfectly valid, as a blogger, to remove an entire entry -- the original post as well as all the comments. Its your blog, and if you've made a mistake by posting a topic or responding to comments in a way that doesn't look like what you want on your blog, it is your right to pull it. Most of us would feel compelled to put something in its place as marker, but I don't think that's needed (though it would help with search engine caching to make sure it gets overwritten). This is an honorable approach.
2. The worst thing to do is edit someone else's posts, and almost as bad would be editing your own so that the responses are no longer responding to the same thing. The only time I'll edit someone's post is to remove something inappropriate for the venue if I happen to see it, and in that case I leave an editor's note. I did this recently when I got a comment that looked to me like a child leaving a note with a phone number in it.
3. The temptation is to continue to argue a losing side. After a point when you know it no longer will look the way you want it serves no purpose, so no, that's not a good way to handle it.
4. In an ideal world, we'd post a final comment saying we were wrong and maybe even attach an editors note to that effect on the primary document. The thing is, by the time you get to that point there can be a lot of stink laying around in comments. Sometimes this is a good solution, sometimes not. Its honorable, to be sure. It just isn't always enough of a solution.
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