Code of conduct or not?

Tim O’Reilly just posted the draft of a Blogger’s Code of Conduct that he’s hoping we all adopt. I instantly asked the mob hanging out on Twitter what they thought. Brett Nordquist had this funny thought:

“Something tells me the sites with the ‘Anything Goes’ logo will be more interesting.”

I’m not able to currently sign this, either. First I allow anonymous comments. I do watch for hate speech, though, and delete that when it’s found (pretty rare, actually).

Second, I engage with my trolls. Why? Cause if they show up here I think they deserve an answer and I find they often get me to think deeper about the topic that I’m writing about than if we didn’t engage in a little gutter wrestling.

Third, I’ve broken the “talk privately” plank several times before and I’m not sure I would be able to stay true to that one, either. I blog. I don’t back channel. I don’t beg for links behind your back the way many other sites do (and sometimes even require). If I have a problem with something you wrote on your blog I think we should play it out in public. If I’m wrong, that’ll be part of the public record. I don’t like back room “deals” between bloggers. Makes me wonder what else they are doing in the back room. But I do understand the principle here, and, truth be told, I do value opinions of people who do their homework first. When I haven’t done my homework first it’s hurt me.

So, for now, I guess I’d have to wear the “anything goes” badge.

I do find disquieting the social pressure to get on board with this program. Tim O’Reilly is a guy who really can affect one’s career online (and off, too). I do have to admit that I feel some pressure just to get on board here and that makes me feel very uneasy.

How about you?

UPDATE: this is at the top of TechMeme right now too, with tons of comments coming in.

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  2. avidly was subjected to death threats and a lot of abuse on the internet. Her name is Kathy Sierra and while she still does things, the personal connection I had is long over with. The death threats and harassment were deemed to be out of line, which is good, most of us do not want to participate in that kind of environment anyways. What came out of that incident though was the

  3. Is just fucking inane. First, tell me how you're going to prove it's a “valid” email address. Right, so that's crap. Secondly, if you allow them to use an alias?

  4. The death threats and harassment were deemed to be out of line, which is good, most of us do not want to participate in that kind of environment anyways. What came out of that incident though was the

  5. The death threats and harassment were deemed to be out of line, which is good, most of us do not want to participate in that kind of environment anyways. What came out of that incident though was the

  6. avidly was subjected to death threats and a lot of abuse on the internet. Her name is Kathy Sierra and while she still does things, the personal connection I had is long over with. The death threats and harassment were deemed to be out of line, which is good, most of us do not want to participate in that kind of environment anyways. What came out of that incident though was the

  7. When meankids site owner _later_ says that “what it later became was not the initial intent of the site”, then why not publish it’s intent? [And it's not just the comments but even the posts on it crossed the line of civility.] Publishing a CoC not only helps stop unwanted content on your blog but also to protect yourself/your blog against being abused as was the case with meadkids site. If all the bloggers of the meankids site had subscribed to that _original-intent_ would it have all those nasty posts?

  8. When meankids site owner _later_ says that “what it later became was not the initial intent of the site”, then why not publish it’s intent? [And it's not just the comments but even the posts on it crossed the line of civility.] Publishing a CoC not only helps stop unwanted content on your blog but also to protect yourself/your blog against being abused as was the case with meadkids site. If all the bloggers of the meankids site had subscribed to that _original-intent_ would it have all those nasty posts?

  9. It may not have been Tim’s original intent, but people are already starting to use this to draw a black-and-white line between “follows the ‘Civility Enforced’ rules and ‘Anything Goes’.” Which is nonsense. There is a lot of room for bloggers of good faith who don’t agree with with one or more of the (in my opinion overbearing) O’Reilly-backed rules to run civil upstanding blogs, but they’re going to get lumped in with the freefire zones as this debate degenerates to namecalling.

  10. It may not have been Tim’s original intent, but people are already starting to use this to draw a black-and-white line between “follows the ‘Civility Enforced’ rules and ‘Anything Goes’.” Which is nonsense. There is a lot of room for bloggers of good faith who don’t agree with with one or more of the (in my opinion overbearing) O’Reilly-backed rules to run civil upstanding blogs, but they’re going to get lumped in with the freefire zones as this debate degenerates to namecalling.

  11. I spent the last two years writing about my optimism about blogs and the wonderful opportunity it gave us. I was so wrong. The threatening emails, photos, outright lying posts, and having all my personal data (ss, home address, etc.) posted all over the net SINCE I went public have proved that to me once and for all.

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  12. I spent the last two years writing about my optimism about blogs and the wonderful opportunity it gave us. I was so wrong. The threatening emails, photos, outright lying posts, and having all my personal data (ss, home address, etc.) posted all over the net SINCE I went public have proved that to me once and for all.

    very nice

  13. When there is a code in place – the most interesting blogs will become the ones that tread closest to the edges. :)
    Rules are for a reason – they are meant to be broken and its a lot of fun when they are.

    thanks

  14. When there is a code in place – the most interesting blogs will become the ones that tread closest to the edges. :)
    Rules are for a reason – they are meant to be broken and its a lot of fun when they are.

    thanks

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