Civility on the net

The need of a so-called code of conduct seems out of question for many users of sites and bloggers. However,the mechanism which could help to achieve it are under discussion.The aim must be create a system for sites to state their policies.

First of all, I have to say that I have based my new entrance on 3 articles by Tim O´Reilly,”Draft Blogger’s Code of Conduct”,“Call for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct” and “Code of Conduct: Lessons Learned So Far”.

Everywhere are people who do not behave properly and do not use advantages and new tools well. The same that happens in real life takes place on the net. A lot of people try to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target other people on blogs. A lot of them are not brave enough to take responsibility for their own words and for the comments they write down on the net, and they signed as anonymous. If it was not harmful enough, weblogs have being created to encourage cyber-bullying. Right after, I will mention some ideas that Tim O´Reilly thinks might entail a code of conduct.

1. Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog. We have to be careful with what we write in our blog, but also with external comments which are being published by others. As Tim O´Reilly says blog´s content may not include anything unacceptable such as:
•Being used to abuse, harass, stalk or threaten others.
•Libellous, defamatory, knowingly false or misrepresents another person.
•Infringes upon a copyright or trademark.
•Violates an obligation of confidentiality.
•Violates the privacy of others.
In any case, we should be respectful with other’s opinions, while they are polite we should not delete them because we do not agree with them. The fairest thing to do would be to explain why we are deleting other’s opinion or comment. Everyone should take the stand.

2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.
Self-identifying level of tolerance could be recommendable as much as the possibility to moderate down automatically offensive comments.

3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments. Anonymity, when carefully designed, may be beneficial for people to be free of fear in order to express honest opinions. However, sometimes requiring proof of identity may avoid vandal disruption. O´Reilly gives us advice to organize our blog in a way that just everyone who shows their own name could be allowed to express an opinion.

4. Ignore the trolls. As Tim O´Reilly says: “A sure way for an argument to escalate is to try always to have the last word”. Online bullies are just like off-line. ones – they WANT you to answer (do not give them the satisfaction).

5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so. It is more recommendable to talk in private or using intermediates; instead of write comments in a public forum because it is a “really terrible way to have an emotionally charged discussion”.

6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so. If someone treats another one rudely or meanly, do not remain silent.You should tell the person who is anonymously posting offensive and rude comments to apologize and behave properly. In any case, you might take stronger measurements, like call the police.

7. Do not say anything online that you would not say in person.
Be polite to others online just as you would off-line.

All these piece of advice and suggestions would help us to learn a lot more about how to prevent and be aware of “cyberbullying” and put our blogs to good use. In fact, blogging helps us in communication; it connects people around the globe and helps to discuss thoughts and opinions related to anything. It is a way people express their judgments and sometimes their most hidden feelings. Blogging also helps people to discover themselves by expression; it makes them creative and thoughtful. It also facilitates in marketing and business, it is a good tool to attract customers. Blogging has become a strategy for business to grow and profit. Blogs are also helpful in education, it is a free cultural and educational mean of media on the web. Let´s take sides to it! Because, as Tim O’Reilly says: “A culture is a set of shared agreements that allows us to live together. Let’s make sure that the culture we create with our blogs is one that we are proud of.

Tim O´Reilly. (2012). Retrieved November 9, 2012, from

O´Reilly Tim. (2007). Call for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct . Retrieved November 8, 2012, from

O´Reilly Tim. (2007). Code of Conduct: Lessons Learned So Far . Retrieved November 10, 2012, from

O’Reilly Tim. (2007). Draft Blogger’s Code of Conduct. Retrieved November 6, 2012, from

Jonathan Bailey. (2005). What is a copyright? Retrieved November 10, 2012, from


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