As mentioned earlier in last Tuesday’s Wrap, Tim O’Reilly is proposing a Blogger’s Code of Conduct. On Wikia, that code of conduct is now under development. Help Tim O’Reilly and Jimmy Wales to write the draft or join in the discussion.
Here’s the first 6 suggested codes of conduct on that list:
1. We take responsibility for our own words and for the comments we allow on our blog.
2. We won’t say anything online that we wouldn’t say in person.
3. If tensions escalate, we will connect privately before we respond publicly.
4. When we believe someone is unfairly attacking another, we take action.
5. We do not allow anonymous comments.
6. We ignore the trolls.
I especially liked numbers 2 and 3. Blogging has allowed people to voice out their thoughts but it has also gave way to those who abuse that freedom of speech. I know everyone has their own reasons and motives in blogging, but let it not be for unfairly attacking others and creating discord. I hope we take part in this discussion and consider the codes of conduct.
On the other had, Dave Taylor thinks the Code of Conduct is fundamentally flawed. But what’s wrong to ask people to be nice and be responsible?