Blogger’s Code of Conduct 4

Via Janie at Library Garden:

1. We take responsibility for our own words and reserve the right to restrict comments on our blog that do not conform to basic civility standards.

2. We won’t say anything online that we wouldn’t say in person.

3. If tensions escalate, we will connect privately before we respond publicly.

4. When we believe someone is unfairly attacking another, we take action.

5. We do not allow anonymous comments.

6. We ignore the trolls.

7. We encourage blog hosts to enforce more vigorously their terms of service.

I’d add here my Points of Unity for Bibliobloggers from ALA TechSource:

The Pragmatic Biblioblogger’s Points of Unity

We want the best for libraries and for library users. We will exchange ideas and practice and share our voices. Bibliobloggers shall:

Write about what excites us and what makes sense to us and shall not worry about being unneccesarily criticized for their opinions and free flowing thoughts

Respect the rights of all, citing and linking appropriately and praising those other blogger’s ideas that lead to inspiration

Treat the Biblioblogosphere as an ever-growing organism (Thanks Ranganathan!) and an ever-growing community of diverse minds and opinions and nurture new voices

Honor the sphere of radical trust, that point where confidences between bibliobloggers shall remain just that — confidences — and not be fodder for gossip and conference chatter blog posts

Honor diversity of viewpoint and respectful disagreement

Celebrate successes and work so everyone has a moment in the sun

Remember a whole wonderful world away from the keyboard awaits and unplugging benefits the heart, mind, and spirit to return to the mission refreshed. And yes, your readers will wait for you. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Blogger’s Code of Conduct

  • jennimi

    Thank you for posting this Michael. It pretty much sums things up for me. Including that last part, which THREE people have reminded me of in as many days. Very well said.

  • Ian Rennie

    As I said a couple of weeks ago when this was first brought up on the Oreilly blog:

    This is a horrible idea. Possibly the worst I have ever seen on the Internet.

    This kind of “voluntary” policing (with the punishment being the social ostracism of those who do not conform) will only serve to stifle creativity in blogs, especially popular ones, for fear of being cast out of the community of nice and polite bloggers. Luckily, it won’t work, as the shiny little “Civility enforced” sherrif’s badge will become blogger-sign for “deeply dull blog. Dangerous ideas forbidden”.

  • sylvie

    wow ian, when did civility become a barrier to creativity? It’s not even contradictory with danger. conviction is empowering, opposition is healthy, and consideration for other human beings does not prevent great ideas from spreading.

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