Tim O’Reilly has recently posted on his blog, suggesting a code of conduct for bloggers.
You can read it full here, but in summary:
1. We take responsibility for our own words and .will not post unacceptable content.
Unacceptable content as anything included or linked to that:
– is being used to abuse, harass, stalk, or threaten others
– is libelous, knowingly false, ad-hominem, or misrepresents another person,
– infringes upon a copyright or trademark
– violates an obligation of confidentiality
– violates the privacy of others
2. We won’t say anything online that we wouldn’t say in person.
3. We connect privately before we respond publicly.
When we encounter conflicts and misrepresentation in the blogosphere, we make every effort to talk privately and directly to the person(s) involved–or find an intermediary who can do so–before we publish any posts or comments about the issue.
4. When we believe someone is unfairly attacking another, we take action.
5. We do not allow anonymous comments.
6. We ignore the trolls (people leaving nasty comments).
This has generated much debate. Personally I feel there is nothing in the code that any responsible blogger is not already doing.
For the academic blogsphere I would add an additional clause:
7. We would always credit the research and comments of other bloggers when mentioned in a post.