Monday, April 9, 2007
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It's just the 19th nervous breakdown about the blogosphere
Brad Stone has a front-page story in the New York Times about the the fact that the some people display bad manners in the blogosphere:
Is it too late to bring civility to the Web?You can take a peek at the proposed code of conduct by clicking here. Comment away there or here. I hereby predict it will go nowhere -- I'm certainly not going to be banning anonymous comments anytime soon.
The one fascinating thing about Stone's story is what's not in it. Despite endless complaints about rising partisanship in the blogosphere, no example was given of declining civility in the political blogosphere. That doesn't mean it's not happening, of course, but it's still surpring that Stone failed to offer up such an example.posted by Dan on 04.09.07 at 08:11 AM
The one fascinating thing about Stone's story is what's not in it. Despite endless complaints about rising partisanship in the blogosphere, no example was given of declining civility in the poliitical blogosphere. That doesn't mean it's not happening, of course, but it's still surpring that Stone failed to offer up such an example.
Did we read the same article? Because Stone definitely wrote about the recent Kathy Sierra affair and provided many other examples, of harrassement and other vile behaviour. Or do those not count because most weren't political bloggers? About the Sierra affair stone wrote:
Mr. Wales and Mr. O’Reilly were inspired to act after a firestorm erupted late last month in the insular community of dedicated technology bloggers. In an online shouting match that was widely reported, Kathy Sierra, a high-tech book author from Boulder County, Colo., and a friend of Mr. O’Reilly, reported getting death threats that stemmed in part from a dispute over whether it was acceptable to delete the impolitic comments left by visitors to someone’s personal Web site.
Distraught over the threats and manipulated photos of her that were posted on other critical sites — including one that depicted her head next to a noose — Ms. Sierra canceled a speaking appearance at a trade show and asked the local police for help in finding the source of the threats. She also said that she was considering giving up blogging altogether.posted by: Kent on 04.09.07 at 08:11 AM [permalink]
When the ratio of spam to "real" email coming into my mailbox is below 10%, then I'd be willing to ban anonymous commenting.
Let's not even talk about it until it gets down to 1:1.posted by: bud on 04.09.07 at 08:11 AM [permalink]
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