There is much ado today in the blogosphere regarding the proposed Blogger’s Code of Conduct.
I can’t subscribe to this – I don’t want anyone telling me what I can/can’t should/shouldn’t do on my own blog. Just like the Home Owner’s Association that forms with the lofty goal of making sure nobody leaves junk cars in the front yard, but ends up regulating what color curtains you are allowed to hang – this “Code of Conduct” will turn into an elitist group of Blogger’s (if we are lucky they’ll at least be Blogger’s) who have a mandate to control.
That can’t be good for blogging, it can’t be good for the Internet, and it won’t help Kathy Sierra one damn bit. It wouldn’t even have prevented that scenario – because when people are angry, or frightened or mean – they don’t give a shit about a code of conduct.
Actually, I am kind of shocked that Tim O’Reilly is behind this. It seems so Draconian, and so worthless. I’ve come to expect more from Tim.
Sorry for the over-use of color – I feel pretty strongly about this, even if I didn’t write near as much about it as others have. I don’t think I need to articulate all of my concerns – just one large enough to make me realize this is a bad, bad idea.