A bloggers code of conduct

In Tim O’ Reilly’s article he talks about people posting violent and disturbing comments on others walls. On this post, I will take as guideline three articles by O´Reilly where he gives us the main ideas about what a code of conduct may entail.

One of the first quotations he uses is YOYOW You Own Your Own Words meaning that we are equally to blame for our own words and the consequence they have but also the comments we allow in our blog. So it would be advisable to think about what you are going to write. Another idea which O’ Reilly presents us with is: Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person. Taking into account the first quotation we should definitely embrace this one.

Ignore the trolls: If you receive a nasty comment that is disrespectful or hurtful in any way don’t write back, simply ignore it.

“Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it”

For us to avoid misunderstandings, take it offline and talk directly. If we see something we do not agree with and we want to get involved in some kind of discussion, write with respect towards the other person or better to do it directly, not online. It would only lead to even more misinterpretations regarding both sides.

After writing a draft about the code of conduct, O´Reilly received a lot of feedback and tried to improve it. Most of all, he realized the importance of choosing the right imageorlogo for our blog. It is important that we think about the impact it is going to have on our readers. In order to choose a proper image, we should consider who it is directed to and what we want to communicate with our blog.

This is the first post I have ever had. I feel that everybody should be entitled to post their own blog or comments and say how they feel being able to express their opinion on something or someone as long as it is said in a respectful way and not causing harm to anyone or affecting them in a negative way. I think that following the code of conduct we can achieve a better way forward without peoples’ feelings getting hurt. Where to put the boundaries between what is right and what is wrong I consider it as a too serious matter. Bulling online is huge and is taking place all over the world.  When we see a nasty comment or blog the best thing to do is to delete it and ignore it. We move on and forget about it. People who write them horrible posts attacking innocent people are not worth the tears and suffering many victims feel when reading these posts.

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