Hey, let’s all have a blog code of conduct and then we can all be nice to one another …
I’m sorry, whilst I have no doubt Tim O’Reilly (a wiser man than me) has his heart in the right place on this (see suggested draft of possible code here) I just don’t see the point of this. In fact, let’s be honest here, it is, in my opinion, stupid and unworkable (outside of organisational structures – such a company blogs etc) idea. In that sense I am with Ewen Semple in believing “Saying we need a blogging code of conduct to behave … is like saying we need the bible to be moral.”
Most people know how to behave on and offline – those who do not or who just don’t wish to are not going to change their ways because someone tells them there is a blogger’s code – indeed this would, I think, make them even more determined not to adhere to such a code’s principles.
People using the net to bully and threaten people was always going to happen and happen more so in the web 2.0 world when doing so is even easier. Here in the UK a third of all teachers in a recent poll said they had been the target of such threats/bullying online (on such sites as Rate My Teachers and by pupils using photoshop to create porn featuring teachers etc). [I’m sure my Dad would say here the problem was getting rid of corporal punishment in schools etc. He may be right, who knows]
How do you stop this and other such behaviour online? – with education of course (well, it would have to be wouldn’t it). You educate people at home and in the classroom and instil the sense of responsibility, morals etc.
I have my own code, and it is the same on and offline, so I won’t be adding my name to any code online or putting any ‘be nice to people’ badges or buttons on my site.