Today, the New York Times published a reasonably complete article on the conflict (and dialogue) between employers and bloggers. (Though it does seem eerily familiar somehow…)

The only truly goofy part of the article is the end, where the author quotes Adam Hertz, the Vice President for Engineering at Technorati.

Mr. Hertz stressed that the company had no interest in formalizing any complicated policies regarding an employee’s activities outside the office.

“I had a high school teacher,” he recalled, “who used to say ‘I have only two rules: Don’t roller-skate in the hallway and don’t be a damn fool.’ We really value a company where people can think for themselves.”

In this, Herz echoes Technorati CEO David Sifry.

Considering that the article’s peg is Technorati’s insistence that one of its employees, Niall Kennedy (read his mea culpa here), take down a graphic they objected to, this refusal to create a formal policy may be ill-advised. Not being a “damned fool” is an impossibly broad criterion for employee behavior, especially since it is rarely an aspect of corporate life that is led from above.