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Why Code-of-Conducts Don’t Have a Role to Play

It’s simple really, because it is a conversation and conversations by there very nature should be free ranging expressions of interest.

While I do believe that anonymity breeds irresponsibility, leave that up to the Blogger to decide. Some blogs might benefit from anonymous posts.

I have a real problem with any formal codes of conduct. And screw civility. I expect people to be very uncivil regarding some of my views. Some very useful conversations can be very uncivil.

But I do draw the line, no hate-speech, nothing nutty or abusive. And, I get to make the call in the context of the conversation.

Code of Conducts exist outside the context of the conversation. The conversation that takes place here, might be very different to that to takes place elsewhere. Why subject them to a common standard?

I also find it particularly concerning that we would somehow, someway subscribe to a group policing mentally in which a few could potentially get together “When we believe someone is unfairly attacking another, we take action.”. This is deeply troubling. Who, for instance, gets to define the “believe” part of that? Sometimes it might be self-evident – such as the attacks on Kathy Sierra. I suspect most won’t be. And the attacks on Kathy aren’t a job for a bunch of self-appointed “blog vigilantes” – they are a job for the Police.

Blogs ultimately should be about transparency. We should revel in what they expose, not seek to limit or hide it. And lets leave the policing to the real police.

:: Backreading ~ ComputerWorld; Scoble; Techmeme; Jeff Jarvis

4 Responses

  1. By scott baradell on April 21st, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    I agree. The biggest issue is anonymity, and each of us needs to make the call on whether to accept anonymous comments or read blogs by anonymous bloggers.

    Personally, I take it case by case. If someone is using their anonymity as a cudgel to criticize others without accountability, that’s where I draw the line. But everyone has to go with what their own conscience will allow.

  2. By Proud to be Anonymous on April 23rd, 2007 at 9:32 am

    The O’Reilly Saga continues in his comments section. O’Reilly says he knows the person who attacked against Kathy Sierra. He gets the victim and the perpetrator together on CNN – then somebody pumps up the NY Times publicity machinery for both the victim and the perpetrator. It doesn’t take a genius to see who may be gaining from this little fracas.

    Then O’Reilly starts blaming a random responder as being an attacker. And when bloggers respond, most of the track backs lead to O’Reilly’s Radar Website – and (duh – as an Internet expert!) he is unaware that there are persistent error messages generated in his responders’ posts, so that it becomes a hit and miss game whether the post actually gets published or not.

    Perhaps Tim’s involvement relates to this little gem.

    Sierra’s current gig, along with her partner Bert Bates, is developing and producing the bizarre new Head First series of books for O’Reilly

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