Bloggers Code of Conduct or Not

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM

 bloggers Code of Conduct BadgeDo 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

 

  1. Responsibility for our own words
  2. Nothing we wouldn't say in person
  3. Connect privately first
  4. Take action against attacks
  5. a) No anonymous comments OR b) No pseudonymous comments
  6. Ignore the trolls
  7. Encourage enforcement of terms of service
  8. Keep our sources private
  9. Discretion to delete comments
  10. 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 ?

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Rainmaker
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Kay Van Kampen
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Missy, this is a great post.  With the number of members on the website now, this is a great refresher course for all of us.  Thanks a lot. 
Sep 18, 2007 01:40 PM #63
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Monika McGillicuddy
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LOL...I cracked reading Tom's...comment. I figured it had to be a joke...and it was!
Sep 18, 2007 01:59 PM #64
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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Well...

Thank you. I will remember that the next time I feel like mouthing off on 'your' blog :)

TLW...ROAR!

Sep 19, 2007 10:27 AM #65
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Kay, yes we all do, I thought it was interesting that this comes up all across blogosphere.

Monika, it was funny, wasn't it ? Cracked me up.

TLW, are you here now reciprocating ?? LOL  #7

Sep 19, 2007 10:37 AM #66
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Yes and LOL...

You made it nice and easy too :)

TLW...ROAR!

Sep 19, 2007 11:00 AM #67
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:) TLW
Sep 19, 2007 11:09 AM #68
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Kathy McGraw
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Missy- Your red ribbon says it all......and that is what you are so good at. Thank you.
Sep 19, 2007 02:21 PM #70
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Terry, I don't advocate enforcement because it would be a mess. We should be self governed. Kathy, :)
Sep 19, 2007 10:40 PM #71
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Kelly Sibilsky
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Totally in agreement! Thanks for posting, Missy!
Sep 20, 2007 02:01 AM #72
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Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
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I will say sometimes #4 is hard to ignore when they get personal. As for a code of conduct I dont agree with. A blogging community is a place to freely discuss topics, even sometimes when they get a little heated. We are all adults and should sometimes watch what we say, but also we shouldnt write certain blogs if we arent prepaired for both good and bad comments. Freedom of speech is great, some people take it too far but those that are adults and not children should be able over look these comments and move forward. Ok did I just ramble? I must say I havent run across any offensive posts but if they dont interest me or lose me in the first sentence I dont bother reading on. Otherwise great post.
Sep 20, 2007 11:07 AM #73
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Linda Scanlan
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WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I'm sooooo glad you posted this! What a great thing! Plain 'ole good manners are hard to come by sometimes.

What people don't realize is that once it's written and sent you never get it back! This one is definitely a 5 and bookmarked!

Sep 20, 2007 12:49 PM #74
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Rita Taylor
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Missy,

The ribbon at the top "BE NICE" says it all.  If people would just remember to be nice and use the golden rule life would be so much nicer! 

Sep 20, 2007 02:50 PM #75
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Kelly, thanks for stopping by. Heather, I think our AR guidelines are sufficient, but many blogs don't have guidelines and it can be a free for all. We can always delete, right. Linda, thanks so much, once you hit the submit key you can rarely get it back. I'm glad we can edit here. Rita, :)
Sep 20, 2007 09:42 PM #76
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Missy, it shouldn't have to be said, but also tell the truth and if your not sure, don't repeat things about others especially in writing.  I think some have used victims to get blogs going and ratings.  This says it all; speak the truth and follow Missy's nice rules.
Sep 21, 2007 12:19 AM #77
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Karen, I believe I know who your speaking about, in your company right ? Not someone that started it, but someone who started a blog about someone IN your company. disquisting
Sep 21, 2007 12:26 AM #78
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I like number 7 that Tim came up with:

Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person

It is waaaay to easy to not follow this online, it is to easy to be a "nobody" and say rude crazy mean things.  I like the idea of a code of conduct.  Point me to the site to sign the petition and I'll be there.   

Oct 16, 2007 08:54 AM #79
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Stephen, there are some links in the article. Thanks for stopping by.
Oct 16, 2007 09:04 AM #80
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Maria Couto
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I've taught my children if you have nothing nice to say-say nothing. Now I take responsibility to teach this to my children. It is always a surprise to me that adults, and professionals at that don't have common sense to know better. Good post, although it's a shame that there is a need to post it.
Oct 16, 2007 09:41 AM #81
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Maria, if we teach our kids right and wrong, hopefully we are on the right track.
Oct 16, 2007 10:25 AM #82
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Kathy McGraw
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Missy,

I don't know how I missed this.....some weeks it seems we need this more than others....:)  Be nice, yep a good concept...:)

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