Civility, Manners and Rules… Oh My!

The New York Times has featured an article today entitled A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs in which writer Brad Stone begins by asking, “Is it too late to bring civility to the web?”

The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place. Now, a few high-profile figures in high-tech are proposing a blogger code of conduct to clean up the quality of online discourse.

Last week, Tim O’Reilly, a conference promoter and book publisher who is credited with coining the term Web 2.0, began working with Jimmy Wales, creator of the communal online encyclopedia Wikipedia, to create a set of guidelines to shape online discussion and debate.

It seems O’Reilly’s guidelines would establish categories and a blogger could choose the set of standards by which to abide and signfy same by displaying a particular logo.

You can read it all here. I found it an interesting idea in a grass-roots, democracy and self-rule sort of way.

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