Blogging Code of Conduct


Here's an interesting result of the Kathy Sierra situation. A couple days ago Tim O'Reilly, the very well-respected publisher turned cyber celebrity, proposed a blogging code of conduct. Given our recent conversations, both in class and here on the blog, it's worth a read. On the one hand, some of his guidelines such as "Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person," are pretty hard to object to. On the other hand, I'm wary of letting a bunch of A-listers determine what is deemed (in)appropriate in all of the blogging world. I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts...

I like it. Its basically saying use your common sense and stay smart.

P.S.- What a great, constructive commenter I am.

"Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person."
Do you know people who holds to that? I think, however unconsciously it's done, the anoynymity of the internet provokes people to do things that they wouldn't otherwise do in person. It's sort of like turning off the lights in a room, people are definitely going to act differently with the lights off than with the lights on. Part of the allure and the newness of the internet is the anonymity, the lack of face-to-face contact it provides. Keeping in mind that you are still responsible for your actions, your words still affect people and that it isn't 'not real' if you put it on the internet, there is no reason to try to expand your horizons/self-exploration on the internet (in my humble opinion...)

I have been trying to spell anonymity in like three or four posts and I can never spell it right, even when I use microsoft spell checker. I will now use this post as a reference because I know I will never actually spell it properly. Thanks so much!