Recently, Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory said it would require bloggers to ask permission before blogging about a presentation, just like reporters. A surprising editorial in Nature says “not only is that a bad idea, but it should just be disregarded.”
Nature has made the case that blogging by researchers is good. Critical discussion of worthy results should not in principle be restricted to walls of a conference hall or even the pages of a journal. Any meeting to which anyone can register is fair game for all available communications technologies — and any rules that cannot be policed will be ignored anyway.
Of course, I have my own opinions on this but what what do our readers, often scientists and bloggers, think?