Tuesday, February 05, 2008

On Wise Words from Tadhg Ó Raghallaigh: The Bloggers Code of Conduct

Tim O'Reilly (Irish: Tadhg Ó Raghallaigh, 1954-) was born in Cork, Ireland. He is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) and a supporter of the free software and open source movements. He is widely credited with coining the term Web 2.0.


The Blogger's Code of Conduct is a proposal by Tim O'Reilly for bloggers to enforce civility on other bloggers by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their blog. ... O'Reilly and others came up with a list of seven proposed ideas:

1. Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.
2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.
3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments.
4. Ignore the trolls.
5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.
6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.
7. Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person.



Some good advice for Baha'i bloggers from a recognized wise man of the Internet. It is certainly in keeping with the guidelines for behavior inherent in the Baha'i Writings. A lack of civility among Baha'i bloggers is hardly an issue though, if the blogs on BahaiNine.com are any indication.-gw

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