So we heard from the Young Person whose article was Cluebatted in this post, long ago when the world was young and the Cluebat of Janeite Righteousness still metaphorical. She has apparently graduated and is in the process of getting a job, and to her alarm found that Googling her name (a pastime of potential employers in these degenerate times) brings up…that post, in which she does not come off especially well. The Young Person apologized graciously, assured us she has mended her sophomoric, smart-alecky ways, and begged us to remove the post.
We really like the post in general, so we’re not inclined to remove it, especially as it is an important part of the Legend of the Cluebat. However, the link to the article no longer works, and having once been a smart-alecky 19-year-old ourself, we’re inclined to redact her name from the piece; but the Young Person herself commented, and should those posts be removed? Should the mentions of her name by commenters be redacted?
Also, our experience in SEO tells us that it won’t make much a difference anyway. The Internets are forever, Gentle Readers. (Remember that next time you drunk-Facebook. We’re just saying.) The Wayback Machine sees all, knows all, and we can’t change it. However, it probably won’t HURT to remove it.
It’s a dilemma, Gentle Readers. Let us know what you think.
P.S. There will be REAL POSTS later tonight, we swear.