Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Blogger's Code of Conduct

In the past months, the blogging community is in hot seat with different intrigues and scandals involving different personalities and people whom you only known online. Exchanging of blog entries, blabbering of words and spilling their rotten beans are up for grabs in this blogging community that hungers for some exclusive gossips. VIP Pass that is. What some bloggers (those who are involve in the said situations) don't know, bloggers do have a sort of code of conduct! Yes! And you think only office work has it... think again!

According to wikipedia, it was Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, together with some other personalities, proposed this code of conducts thingie "to enforce civility on their bloggers by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their blog." And so, they came up with the following code of conducts:

1. Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog. It is true that we all live in a democratic world where we can say everything and anything we want. But of course, we must be responsible for what we, the bloggers are writing in our blog/s. It is said that words are such a strong enemy. They can hurt or touch our lives.

2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments. Abusive comments are comments that are not related to your blog entry. Sometimes there are called spam comments. These kinds of comments often leave a link on their written comments only to find out that you are being directed to some advertisement link/s you don't want to go to. I usually delete these kinds of comments. I do not allow nor tolerate them to vandalize my blog with such barbaric acts.

3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments. There are people who write their comments anonymously. Sometimes they are just lurkers or stalkers or just to lazy to login in their account. I often ignore or delete anonymous comments here in my blog. As I said, they just vandalize my blog and it is a sore in the eyes!

4. Ignore the trolls. I am really not sure if these trolls would mean the Scandinavian supernatural creature that lives under the bridge but I have an idea that these are bloggers who just passed by to say "Hey, nice blog... wanna exchange links?" Whatever or whoever they are, trolls are considered not friendly... even in fairytales!

5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so. If you got or have any problem with a fellow blogger, talk to him/her offline. Exchanging of words in the Internet is really an eye sore. But hey... word war in blogs is exciting... and sometimes it pays to have intrigues! But of course, self-tolerance is the cure for this! I'm glad I have a high dose of it!

6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so. Bloggers have different ideas and thoughts on things around them. They actually blog about anything on any form or style they want. This is the beauty of blogging is all about. Communicating through blogs is one key to strengthen the relationship between and among bloggers. But sometimes, exchange of words are oftenly mistaken or misinterpreted. This can result to insults and arguments. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell him/her to it that he/she is going beyond the norms of being good. Tell it to him/her in a nice way, of course!

7. Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person. Yeah! I agree! Do you agree! I do! How about you? Test of braveness that is! Now, that's something that will remind a blogger to "in-your-face" a situation... Whatever we say, do or write, not just in blogging but in everyday life, we must mean it... with or without your enemy! Otherwise, you are not so true to yourself!

I hope you learn something from my expanded version of this code of conducts. I hope my explanations and descriptions are all clear! Hehehhe... feel free to write your comments... But of course, I will not be democratic about it! Hahahha!


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