|Web Gurus Demand Blog Code of Ethics|
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Thu, 12 Apr 2007 00:32:35 -0500
Web gurus want blog etiquette despite backlash|
Bloggers are facing some high-profile peer pressure to please be a
little more polite.
Blogs, online journal-style Web sites, are growing in popularity on
"We have a lot of people who wrap themselves in the mantle of free
O'Reilly, the innovator behind the term Web 2.0., recently posted the
The code includes a civility enforced standard that agrees not to post
Blog hosts would commit to deleting such posts. The code calls for a ban
Bloggers have since been invited to share their thoughts and input, and
O'Reilly said he was trying to ignite discussion on the tolerance for
"There are those who feel they can deface almost in a graffiti-like
The draft voluntary code follows incidents where a U.S. blogger and
"Is it OK to threaten people? Is it OK to post death threats in a blog?
"A lot of this is really kindergarten ethics. It's the adult way to
Both men say a precedent has been set for many bloggers who have
Meanwhile, some say it is impossible to have a universal code on the
"It doesn't have a prayer of ever actually being followed universally,
He added that there will always be people who will swear and treat
"Blogging will continue to survive just fine without it," Levy said.
Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.
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