Do we need a Bloggers Code of Conduct ?
That is a question being asked alot out in blogosphere. Tim O'Reilly in his blog O'Reilly Radar, recently did a post on a Call for a Blogging Code of Conduct. Some of the idea's that Tim came up with are:
•1) Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog
•2) Label your tolerance level for abusive comments..
•3) Consider eliminating anonymous comments
•4) Ignore the trolls.
•5) Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.
•6) If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so
•7) Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person
Absolutely nothing has been adopted and if you follow the comments and links from his post you will see there are a number of valid points from all over the world. One of the sentences that grabbed me the most was Tim's first draft statement:
We celebrate the blogosphere because it embraces frank and open conversation. But frankness does not have to mean lack of civility. We present this Blogger Code of Conduct in hopes that it helps create a culture that encourages both personal expression and constructive conversation.
They have submitted this code of blogging to Wikepedia and anyone can go over and post comments or suggestions. They also added a couple of more Codes of Conduct such as
- Responsibility for our own words
- Nothing we wouldn't say in person
- Connect privately first
- Take action against attacks
- a) No anonymous comments OR b) No pseudonymous comments
- Ignore the trolls
- Encourage enforcement of terms of service
- Keep our sources private
- Discretion to delete comments
- Do no harm
Today, in case you missed it Colleen Kulikowski wrote a post on When is the last time you read the Activerain Guidelines and if you haven't got a chance go read it and then please do so as we all need refresher courses.
To read more information on responses to the Blogging Code of contact, click here.Or better yet, go to the Wikepedia link above and join in the discussion and contribute to the Blogging Code of Conduct.
I think we have great guide lines on Activerain, but what do you think about a blogging code of conduct for all bloggers to adhere to in the blogosphere ?
I like the logo that they came up with, but even that is being discussed as it might change. But, until they do, I think it pretty much sums up how I feel about it. What say you ?