Common Sense Blogging April 20, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in physics life.
At a recent All DZERO Meeting — the general internal meeting — our spokes people showed a list of “common sense” rules about blogging. If you read blogs from people out in the business world you’ll find successful bloggers following a set of guidelines:
- Make sure you are clear when you are posting something personal or some official company position.
- Don’t reveal secret information
- Be nice to the company
Walking outside these is bound to get you a talking to from your supervisor. Things are no different in a large experiment like DZERO, CMS, ATLAS, or CDF. There was a recent incident that specifically prompted this (not on DZERO, thank goodness). If you have username/password access to the DZERO agenda server, you can see the two slides of the talk here.
What I find strange is that our field — especially particle physics — is a very collaborative field. We depend on each other to get anything done. So if you piss off people you’ll have that many fewer people to work with. Walking outside the blogging lines is one way to do that. So I’d think just that pressure would keep one on the straight and narrow. At least, it does me! Well, mostly on the straight and narrow. 🙂