3 April 2007

Call for a Blogger's Code of Conduct

Tim O'Reilly calls for a Blogger Code of Conduct. His proposals are:

An extra paragraph with a
break for testing purposes.

  1. Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.
  2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.
  3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments.
  4. Ignore the trolls.
  5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.
  6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.
  7. Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person.

I find 1 interesting; I never thought of responsibility for comments, but it makes excellent sense. To me, 2 is something I decide in private, because I find it hard to articulate my exact tolerance, and it depends on my mood anyway. I implement 4 by deleting trolls.

(Via Tim Bray.)