10.4.07

I Say No To O'Reilly's Draft

There has been a lot of buzz the last two days about O'Reilly's Draft Blogger's Code of Conduct. It is born out of the Kathy Sierra mess, I have been blogging about in german language several times the last weeks.



Best post I read until now about O'Reilly's Draft is the one of Jeff Jarvis - I agree with him.



My first thoughts, when we discussed it with our team yesterday (I think, this will be a bigger topic over here today after the easter break), were:

  • we don't need this kind of code of conduct (and my employer has some rules anyway).
  • I don't like the tonality of this draft (maybe it's true and it’s veeery us-centric)
  • I don't like several bits in this draft (e.g. the "first private, then public" thing - it's just the opposite of what I think blogging is all about)
  • I don't like the "comments have to be moderated" thing - even some of my clients don't moderate their comments.


But:

  • I absolutly support the anti-anonymous-things
  • I also support the "don't say online, what you won't say offline"


I love O’Reilly for what he has done for free software and the open source movement and some of my closest friends won’t ever publish their books other than at O’Reilly’s. But I’m not sure, if he is really the right guy to invent this code (or even to start this process). He is much too involved in the Kathy Sierra mess, as she is one of his “stars”.



Besides he doesn't get blogging (as a different thing to publishing: real conversations!), for me this looks like very much overdone.



This code is one of several codes I will show clients and in workshops - not more and not less.



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