On 3/28/07, William Pietri <william(a)scissor.com>
two questions that matter here.
1) Is Teresa Nielsen Hayden a source worthy of citing in matters
related to publishing?
2) Does Making Light definitely contain material by her?
The answer to both is unquestionably yes. Here endeth the discussion.
Not really. Blogs have no editorial oversight, and their contents are
ephemeral - that is, they can change without notice, leaving evidence
of that change.
What sort of editorial oversight do you believe is in place for an
interview in a normal publication?
The fact checker checks that you said it; the editor decides whether
or not the magazine or newspaper will fact a lawsuit if they print it.
The latter, in my view, is fairly criticial.
As to the latter, there's no technical
barrier for web publishers of any
sort, blogs or magazines. The main protection is convention; in both
realms it is customary to note changes on the page, and you risk
ridicule if you don't do that. But the original text is not sacrosanct.
It's better than nothing, though.
To overcome this would it be sufficient in your
eyes to cite from the
Internet Archive or WebCite?
The odds of either of them actually catching some change on an
individual blog are very, very low.
Why would that be? The Internet Archive might not store all revisions,
but once on their servers, the archived copy doesn't change. WebCite
could store all revisions as it works on-demand - all you would have
to do is request it to archive each version as it changes, and as
before, the copies don't change once archived. That's the entire