The Call for a Blogging Code of Conduct?

    March 30, 2007

Every once in a while, there comes a call for a blogging code of conduct. Usually, these rules are unwritten, but after what’s been happening to Kathy Sierra et al., some are campaigning for a more concrete code of ethics for bloggers.

And it’s not just people outside of blogging that are out of touch with its ins-and-outs. Tim O’Reilly tells the BBC:

“I do think we need some code of conduct around what is acceptable behaviour, I would hope that it doesn’t come through any kind of [legal/government] regulation it would come through self-regulation.”

While condemning the bloggers who issued the threats, Mr O’Reilly was keen that the whole blogosphere should not be tarred with the same brush.

“The fact that there’s all these really messed-up people on the internet is not a statement about the internet. It is a statement about those people and what they do and we need to basically say that you guys are doing something unacceptable and not generalise it into a comment about this is what’s happening to the blogosphere.”

Clearly, the people sending Kathy and others death threats crossed the line. Do we need to redraw it—literally?

via Drudge, c/o my husband.