Do bloggers need guidelines to make nice nice?

Last week, Tim O’Reilly, a conference promoter and book publisher who is credited with coining
the term Web 2.0, began working with Jimmy Wales, creator of the communal online encyclopedia Wikipedia, to create a set of guidelines to shape online discussion and debate. Chief among the recommendations is that bloggers consider banning anonymous comments left by visitors to their pages and be able to delete threatening or libelous comments without facing cries of censorship….But as with every other electrically charged topic on the Web, finding common ground will be a serious challenge. Some online writers wonder how anyone could persuade even a fraction of the millions of bloggers to embrace one set of standards. Others say that the code smacks of restrictions on free speech.

Read this article from the New York Times. Plus, Blogger Code of Conduct: the tyranny of good intentions from Ars.

Previously from WNM: Bloggers may be compelled by online “good citizen” laws and If you don’t have something nice to say….



Filed under Blogosphere, Censorship, Technology, our Mirror, The Politics of New Media

2 responses to “Do bloggers need guidelines to make nice nice?

  1. I’m amazed about the amount of attention this topic has received. What happened to the notion of common sense? This issue is nothing new. Bullying, flaming and threatening happened in kindergarten, in highschool and on mailinglists, IRC, usenet. So do we need a Bloggers Code of Conduct? No, we need to realize that not everyone has manners and common sense is not that common to everyone.

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