You can take your draft for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct and shove it right up your ass.

Love and kisses,
Adam Rakunas

EDITED TO ADD: It’s been seven and a half years since I wrote this post in a fit of pique. In that time, I have learned a lot about privilege and speech and responsibility. Also, there’s been this thing called GamerGate, and I have the horrible feeling that younger me would have flirted with joining the baying mob.

We have the freedom of saying whatever we want, but that also means having the responsibility of standing by one’s words and taking any criticisms. No one ever criticized me for this post, because I was just a fart in a hurricane. But I’ve thought about it a lot over the past year, and I want to apologize both to Tim O’Reilly and to Kathy Sierra. I never attacked Ms. Sierra, but I was certainly one of those “If you can’t take the heat, stay off the Internet” types. No one deserves the kind of abuse she and Anita Sarkeesian and everyone else who have been called names and threatened with violence, all because they spoke up.

I hope I’ve become a better human being since I posted this. We’ll see.

4 thoughts on “Dear Tim O’Reilly

  1. So what, exactly, are you taking issue with in the proposed code? Civil behavior? Ignoring Trolls? Taking responsibility for views expressed? I’m curious.

  2. Three things:

    1) The only people who are going to play by these rules are people who are already acting decently and running quality sites. The assclown brigades responsible for the bullying that prompted this whole thing aren’t going to care.

    2) Why do we bloggers have to live up to a code like this when the swine on Fox News, CNN, Meet the Press don’t?

    3) Anonymous comments should always be allowed. Period. If that anonymous person abuses that privilege, then, yes, bounce his ass. But sometimes anonymity is proper.

    Plus…badges? In 2007? Tim O’Reilly wants website badges?

  3. I’m not totally in disagreement that this “code” would be a pretty empty gesture, but I am concerned over that nastiness and vituperative, mean-spirited sniping that the relative anonymity of the web can lead to (I also freely admit to not seeing what the fun of flaming is. Making a telling point, now, _that_ I understand the attraction). Personally, I figure that the best way to combat it is to try and keep my naturally sweet disposition.

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