Tim O’Reilly has posted a proposed Blogger Code of Conduct on his site which has a lot of people talking. Most of these guidelines are probably things that one already practices but don’t or haven’t yet verbalized/written.
However, I would think item #4 is going to catch a lot of grief:
“When we believe someone is unfairly attacking another, we take action.
When someone who is publishing comments or blog postings that are offensive, we’ll tell them so (privately, if possible–see above) and ask them to publicly make amends.
If those published comments could be construed as a threat, and the perpetrator doesn’t withdraw them and apologize, we will cooperate with law enforcement to protect the target of the threat.”
This all ties in with the badge one is required, oops, I mean requested to post on their site designating themselves Deputy Dog/Blogger Posse member.
When I see things like this, a codified version of “What I learned in Kindergarten”, I laugh because we should already know these things. It probably could simplified into
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
Wow, maybe I can trademark this?
If you are visiting this page and consider yourself to still be learning about blogging as I am, feel free (or not) to take this advice. I’ll separate it out for emphasis:
1. Your blog is your site. Do whatever you like with it.
2. If someone posts offensive material on your site, remove it. There are no higher laws to blogging or expectations that because one uses a certain web publishing platform they have attained a higher plane of spiritualness. It reminds me of one George Carlin’s new rules
Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn’t make you spiritual. It’s right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to “beef with broccoli.” The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren’t pregnant. You’re not spiritual. You’re just high.
3. If you feel truly threatened, contact someone. I don’t know who at this point but I’m sure someone/organization is available out there to help you.
4. Have fun. Why put yourself through misery if you’re not having fun with your blog.
There are more people talking about this.