Posts that do not go away

I just realised something weird about how blogs operate. I can write posts, publish them but I cannot really delete them.

Sure, the post disappears from my site, but if you use Bloglines or other feedreaders, the deleted posts still pop up if they have been captured.

That means there is really no defence when you have put up some libellous material, realised how stupid you were and spiked the post quickly. It’s frightening because it means that your fast fingers are now a bigger problem than your slow brain.

(after I posted this, I read this Businessweek article on the very same issue)