The Blogger's Code of Conduct is a proposal by Tim O'Reilly for bloggers to enforce civility on their blogs by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their blog. The code was proposed in 2007 due to threats made to blogger Kathy Sierra.[97] The idea of the code was first reported by BBC News, who quoted O'Reilly saying, "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 regulation it would come through self-regulation."[98]

O'Reilly and others came up with a list of seven proposed ideas:[99][100][101][102]

{C}1.            Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.

{C}2.            Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.

{C}3.            Consider eliminating anonymous comments.

{C}4.            Ignore the trolls.

{C}5.            Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so. them so.

{C}6.            Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person.

These ideas were predictably intensely discussed on the Web and in the media. While the internet has continued to grow, with online activity and discourse only picking up both in positive and negative ways in terms of blog interaction, the proposed Code has drawn more widespread attention to the necessity of monitoring blogging activity and social norms being as important online as offline.


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