Code of Conduct?
So Tim O’Reilly is asking for a blogger code of conduct and I am just not going to buy into it. Neither do Mike Arrington, Dave Winer of Jeff Jarvis, so I feel I am in good company here.
What makes the blogosphere so vibrant and fun is that we can have unfettered conversations. I don’t need another badge on my site that spouts my allegiance to some arbitrary code of conduct. If I hear a rumor from one source, I will make the call if I believe it or not. I will police my commenters and if I don’t like something, I will delete it.
In the end, though, I make that call. It is such an American idea to police “indecency,” but that is such an arbitrary line. The Superbowl wardrobe-malfunction would not have raised any eyebrows in the Netherlands (I know – I used to watch porn reviews on public TV growing up…). Every blogger can set up his/her own rules.
Also, if somebody attacks you online – live with it and understand that what is being said online is always going to be at least one echelon above what people would say face-to-face.