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.
- 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, hereâ€™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 canâ€™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.
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.