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Tim O’Reilly proposed a Blogger’s Code of Conduct for bloggers to enforce civility on their blogs. Here are the 7 proposed ideas:

  1. Take responsibility not just for your own words but for the comments you allow on your blog.
  2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.
  3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments.
  4. Ignore the trolls.
  5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.
  6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.
  7. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.

Michael Hyatt suggests creating posting rules to blogs. He has 8 listed for his own blog, which you can view at: http://michaelhyatt.com/permissions/my-comments-policy

Also, bloggers beware of endorsing products or services: the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued new guidelines that require bloggers to “disclose material connections” for product or service endorsements. For further assistance got to Cmp.ly website to obtain disclosures to use with posts and tweets.

So arriving at the bottom line, here are my rules for posts to my blog:

  1. I reserve the right to delete your comments if I deem them to be: spam, off-topic, libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise inappropriate.
  2. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.

Remember we are all connected. It is our karmic duty to respect others or we are disrespecting ourselves.

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