Received this interesting story written by the New York Times’ Brad Stone in yesterday’s e-mail suggesting the world of blogging needs better policing. These “rules of the road,” if you will, would voluntarily mandate a code of conduct among bloggers and, ostensibly, those folks — for the most part, good, kind and rational ones — who read them faithfully.
The problem regarding “bad manners” among bloggers and readers came to a head recently after book author and popular blogger Kathy Sierra began receiving death threats after a heated difference of opinion “over whether it was acceptable to delete the impolitic comments left by visitors to someone’s personal Web site.”
Sierra was so frightened — one Web site displayed her head next to a noose — that she canceled a public appearance at a trade show and asked police to intervene. Even worse, these cyber-attacks have made Sierra reconsider whether she should take her act elsewhere, move her blog to a private, invitation-only model or stop blogging entirely, a great loss for many of us.
To that end, a friend of Sierra’s, Tim O’Reilly, drafted a blogger’s code of conduct, six rules for which you may or may not have a problem. While reading O’Reilly’s rules, I thought about the way I conduct my blogging business here and elsewhere, and realized I pretty much followed those same guidelines, with an exception or two, anyway. No doubt, your mileage may vary, depending on where you’re sitting…
Some of you Net-veterans may believe Sierra and O’Reilly “over-reacted” to all the nastiness, especially with talk of badges and codes of conduct. But how do you feel about all the hatred spewed over a female blogger’s decision to moderate the public comments on her blog, which led to someone posting images of that very same woman’s children on a parody site, as the NYT article describes in disturbing detail?
I’d like to think even the most thick-skinned of us would have problems with that scenario along with those ridiculous death threats.
I’ve had my say… now it’s your turn.