Don’t Be An Idiot

I have been tempted to comment on the “Bloggers Code of Conduct” meme since it started. Lots has been said by hundreds of people, and most of what was said was actually just as long winded and inconsequential as the original bull’s manure. The follow up seems to be him treading in it.

There are already lots of laws in place, not just codes of conduct, which 99% of bloggers ignore every day, so having one more law or code of conduct just doesn’t cut it either for the owners of a blog, or the people leaving comments.

  • Privacy
  • Disclosure
  • Terms of Service
  • Comments Policy (moderation and copyright)

It is actually funny that many of the same bloggers who harp on about not needing any form of “code of conduct” are the exact same people who think that bloggers who do paid posts should be required to have disclosure in the first line of every article.

Scott Jangro, one of the founders of Bumpzee is a very smart guy, and a few days ago came up with a much better solution to the whole code of conduct debate.

If you really want to send a message to your commenters, here’s one for you.

It covers everything from being an ass, to spamming, to link dropping. In fact it carries over into real-life as well. You can’t go wrong with this one. Feel free to use it on your own blog:

The concept is gaining some traction and he has now announced a new site.

Don’t Be An Idiot

Visit the site, pick up the code, and I encourage you to use it. I have actually just included it right next to my comment form, allowing me to remove lots of crap that probably no one was reading anyway.

With CSS note that a form is a box element, and if you float a DIV inside containing images, you might need to adjust the z-axis of each element to have items added inside the form to have clickable links.

Don’t Be An Idiot

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  1. says

    Very much cleaner arround the comments – I agree this does work.

    If I could compare blogging to christianity just for a second: both have different flavours, styles, mores, prohabitions and taboos. For some it is beilived that one things is so and for another it is believed that another is so.

    These days most christian groups publish a statement of faith just to define what it is they believe and where they stand on any core issues.

    A bit like a forefather of FOAF or other “statment” XML.

    I don’t see why bloggers can’t do likewise… oh wait we do it’s called a statment & policy aka “small print” and ha existed before the world wide web.

    The real issue is that some bloggers have go all “gay” (to be school boy about it) about removing comments.

    I’m quite clear what happens to commetns that suck. I’ll remove the any of [AEIOU] and make the commenter look stupid.

    If a thing to do or not do is important enough then the answer is not a code but a charter. We the signitories of the charter plendge to do X and Y but not Z.


    By the way tiny bug in the comments section:

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    • says

      Funny enough, there are some similarities between your charter and my comments policy. I specifically reserve the right to make fun of people who break the rules.

    • says

      Alex possibly, but then the people who wouldn’t read a comments policy are much more likely to click don’t be an idiot, than go to the trouble of posting junk comments.

      I would love for a site that gets dugg a lot and gets lots of junk comments to give the badge/banner a try.

  2. says

    I like that “Fight Spam, Not Blogs”. That with the DBAI image added is actually an elegant solution to the whole blogger conduct issue.

    • says

      The Fight Spam Not Blogs logo has been around for a long time on the original NoNofollow site, that used to be a wiki where you could add your own site, that has now turned into a German / English blog, probably because of spam problems, and the wiki still exists, but on a subdomain.

      BTW I like that email on first comment plugin, do you have a URL for it? It would need hacking for my use for CAN-SPAM compliance but it is a neat idea.

  3. says

    I can hardly wait for the T-shirt version to see if by displaying a badge, I can control the level of conversation in my first life. :)

  4. says

    It’s my God given right as an American to be an idiot, Andy. ;)

    “It is actually funny that many of the same bloggers who harp on about not needing any form of “code of conduct” are the exact same people who think that bloggers who do paid posts should be required to have disclosure in the first line of every article.”

    At least I’m consistent. I think an attempt at a “code of conduct” for bloggers is about as pointless an exercise in futility as ever was, and I think disclosures are 90% like labels on lawnmowers telling people not to pick them up when they are running. If this ain’t obvious to them, I think we should have stopped protecting them from themselves long long ago. For the good of everybody.