An interesting discussion has arisen on Twitter regarding my post earlier today on an email conversation I had with a critic of a previous blog post.
At least one person has submitted that I should not have posted a private email conversation without seeking permission of the correspondent.
Did the writer deserve the courtesy of such a request? Or did the indication not to engage online grant me journalistic license to use the exchange. Or should I have taken his reluctance to engage online as a reason not to post the exchange?
Or was I just simply exhibiting bad taste in posting a conversation that one party thought would be private?
The email was not threatening or otherwise hate mail – it was, as one commenter stated, “a tactless complaint.” Does that matter?
Was I justified in posting the conversation as a discussion point following from some conversations I had at ScienceOnline and before? Should I have simply paraphrased the content of the email? Should I have not mentioned the writer by name (even though my promotion of his clinical trial was noted in the post he criticized.).
What say you?