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Help write the Blogger’s Code of Conduct at Wikia

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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.

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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?

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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14 years ago

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the jester-in-exile
15 years ago

abe, this is an iBlog 3 topic… i wonder if we’ll get to give inputs or will we just listen to the speaker?

Pink Frog
15 years ago

When Livejournal started years ago and Blogspot followed soon after, Blogs were meant to be online journals. Sub-private journals that people had access to. Clearly that is no longer the case now. People write in their blogs with a viewing public in mind. Gone are the days when people wrote personal blogs that they shared with only a few people. However … I still believe in the DISCLAIMER. Old bloggers probably remember this.

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AhmedF
15 years ago

Stupid stupid stupid – people always trying to impose their sense of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ on others.

Mike Abundo
15 years ago

“6. We ignore the trolls.”

Why? Trolls make such fun pets!

markku
15 years ago

The move to create a bloggers’ code of conduct is a waste of time since the basic rules of human behavior should take precedence over our actions, be it online or in the real world. Besides, these guidelines will remain to be “guides,” and will not necessarily apply to all in the blogging world.

I think an open ecosystem will police itself and produce its own non-written guidelines for proper behavior.

Noemi
15 years ago

@JC- i think it has to do with libel and existing legal laws. Though we have freedom of speech, we just can’t attack a person with malice. Even comments placed on your blog entries can come out libelous if you allowed it to be posted. In one instance, I had to edit the real name of the “Nicole” victim . Though the confidentiality agreement of the victim was between journalists, I took it upon myself to censor the comment.

JC John SESE Cuneta
15 years ago

Yep, what let’s get the EFF-type bloggers union going.

Sonnie
15 years ago

We needed this one, IMO. This is only to ensure that we exercise our freedom of speech responsibly.

With this one and the alliance of bloggers, we are getting somewhere.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

JC John SESE Cuneta
15 years ago

1. We take responsibility for our own words and for the comments we allow on our blog.

woah… now I don’t agree on that. I’m sure it will be the most debated suggested rule.

I’ll collect my thoughts and post my feedback on wikia.

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