Is this a joke? (Not the death threats.)
Posted March 28, 2007on:
The support for a blogger hounded by death threats has intensified with some high profile web experts calling for a code of conduct in the blogosphere.
The female blogger at the centre of the row has been shocked to discover that hers is not an isolated incident.
It has led her and others to question some of the unwritten rules of blogging.
It could force a re-examination of the way the tight-knit blogging community behaves.
Among those calling for a bloggers’ code of conduct is Tim O’Reilly – one of the web’s most influential thinkers.
He told BBC Radio Five Live that it could be time to formalise blogging behaviour.
“I do think we need some code of conduct around what is acceptable behaviour, I would hope that it doesn’t come through any kind of [legal/government] regulation it would come through self-regulation.”
“tight-knit blogging community”? “self-regulation”? “formalise blogging behaviour”? Who the heck is Tim O’Reilly?
And get this: Ms Sierra claimed that “‘There is an unwritten rule in the blogosphere that it is wrong to delete nasty comments.’
Oh yes? In which “blogosphere”? I’m Queen of my blogging castle here and I’ll delete whatever I want, whenever I want, however I want, no matter who authored the text. What “unwritten” rules? There aren’t any written ones! Don’t come whining to me because your techno blog pals told you not to delete troll comments.