Several months ago, there was a debate in Singapore blogosphere about coming up with a Code of Conduct. While a few of us supported it, the majority of our fellow local bloggers and readers opposed it. The idea ended up being stillborn.
It was reported today that Tim O’Reilly, the guy who coined the term “Web 2.0”, and Jimmy Wales, the creator of Wikipedia, have teamed up to draft a Bloggers’ Code of Conduct. The Draft Code can be viewed and edited on (you guessed it) Wikipedia.
I’m not going ga-ga over this just because a couple of Yanks have proposed it. But if even our generation’s prime proponents and facilitators of free speech are talking about a Code of Conduct, I think it deserves a second look. I’ve looked through the Draft Code. Personally I think it is fair, but its scope is rather narrow. It seems to be focused mainly on readers’ comments rather than the blogs themselves.