Blogger’s Code of Conduct – The Internet Home Owner’s Association

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.


  1. Well, I think it’s fairly silly as well. And I don’t like it. I just wanted to point out that it’s NOT forced upon us.
    But true.. what if it catches on. What is that going to tell about people like you and me who do NOT put that thing on our websites? THAT’s the part I don’t like about it: the insinuation that people who DON’T have that silly badge, are ‘lesser’ people. I don’t like badges and labels. BAD idea. Okay, we agree on this one.

  2. Yes, I agree – it’s intended to start that way. But what about when you “wear the badge” and the people that issue the badge feel you’ve violated the terms of use? Do they then revoke the badge and put you on a “bad guy” list?

    It’s a waste of time, it won’t do anything more effective that me just putting a smiley face on my blog and saying, “I’m good”.

    Anyway, I’ll watch this one from the sideline.

  3. I agree with you in that I don’t want anyone to tell me how to blog either.
    But, quite frankly, I don’t think that it’s the intention or the purpose of this “code of conduct” to tell people what they can and cannot write. It’s not meant to be forced upon OTHERS, it’s meant as something people can voluntarily adhere to. Something they can tell their readers about: “Hey, these are good rules, and I go by them!”
    Looked at it this way, it isn’t that bad an idea. Nor do I see it make much of a difference, but okay. It’s just a way of letting people put a sign on their blog that says “I’m a good guy”.