I’ll let you read Tim O’Reilly’s code of conduct for yourself. While I understand the desire to create something like this, especially in light of what happened to Kathy Sierra, it doesn’t address the real problem. The code sure wouldn’t have prevented what happened. It also scares me the amount of traction it’s getting. The mob is forming, non-conformists beware. If Dave Winer had tried this, he’d have been flamed to a crisp..
The code of conduct ignores a fundemental fact:
People can be assholes.
No code of conduct will correct that. I can’t put my finger on it, but the whole concept of a code offends me somehow. It seems to be yet another way to avoid personal responsibility. Tony Hung and Robert Scoble bring up interesting points, two posts well worth your time.
I’m not defending the actions of those who routinely offend or troll just to cause a disturbance, but those who are targeted by such a code wouldn’t follow it anyway. If there are no crimes, do we need police? So what happens next, the Keepers of the Code and their sheriff badges start policing blogs that do not conform? Holy crap that’s a slippery slope. I chose to not be a part of this, and I urge you to think about it before you slap that badge on your site.
Here’s my code of conduct:
The views expressed on this site are my own and in no way reflect the positions, opinions or strategies of my employers or clients. Anything I’ve written here is evaluated on the fact that I will be able to sleep at night. If I’ve offended you, I probably didn’t mean to, or you may have mistaken my judgment of an idea as a personal evaluation. There are rare cases though, where I might actually think you’re a tool. I reserve the right to think and express that.