A Bloggers Code?
Tim O’Reilly published a noble, but ultimately misguided bloggers code of conduct. Don’t get me wrong, I think he has some good ideas. Great even. Yes, I’d love for people who write comments in the vein of “u suk” and the rest of the punctuation and grammatically challenged lot of internet trolls to get a life, sign their name, and in general, play ball.
It’s never going to happen.
I might not be so jaded had I not experienced the lunacy that some members of the nancies.org boards display. Stupidity. Incessant stupidity. And then shock when we lock their account and ban them. I could publish a book with some of the quality emails we’ve received over the years.
There’s no law, either case law or on the books, that is going to enforce said code. So it’s about as good as your land rights when a big corporation has bought off the local town. Hello imminent domain. Basically? You lose.
So it comes down to a very simple concept. Since the dawn of the keyboard interface, there’s been this AWESOME key in the upper right hand corner. On new keyboards, there are TWO of them. It’s the delete key. Combine the power of the delete key with the mouse and look what you have? EDITING.
Now there is a larger issue here that relates to the reason the code was created in the first place, and that was that someone did something actually illegal and made a death threat against a great writer/blogger, Kathy Sierra. The continued to make various threats and posted her SSN and home address on her blog. Full details from her blog It’s not a first amendment right to say something on someone else’s blog. Freedom of speech does not mean that you can take a crap on someone’s front lawn and call it art.
Regardless, I think everyone needs a little more restraint. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face in a public space, you shouldn’t post it on their comments. There’s so much unguided hate on the internet and there’s no good reason for it. Have good discourses. Engage one another but not in the sense of throwing punches. And if all else fails?