Much has been written about the need for a blogging code of ethics. There are three camps when it comes to blogging ethics… those that believe we already have an established, albeit unwritten code, those that believe we don’t have one but that we need one, and those that don’t care.
I believe there already is an unwritten code of ethics, and like many before me, I will try to put it into words right here and now. I was inspired by the latest troll attack on a friend of mine. It’s funny, I take it more personally when it happens to a friend than when it happens to me.
Incredipete’s Blogging Code of Ethics
1. I will not intentionally misrepresent the facts
2. I will always give attribution when I use materials written by, or published by someone else
3. I will respect the privacy of those I write about, by using their name and/or photos only with permission
4. I will treat respectful visitors with respect, and disrespectful visitors with a curt dismissal
5. I will be respectful of other bloggers whose sites I visit
6. I will defend any blogger who is attacked anonymously, regardless of the accuracy of the comments
7. I will never comment using an alias other than the one by which I am known
8. I will always leave contact information when I post a comment of disagreement
9. I will never use my blog as a tool to harm another person
10. I will always use due diligence to verify the facts of any article or comment I write
Feel free to use this… just keep point 2 in mind if you do…