Do misogynists keep their promises?
There is a big debate right now surrounding Tim Oreilly’s proposed blogging code of conduct. I was interviewed yesterday and this is my point of view:
"I'm not sure a code of conduct is the answer," NowPublic co-founder Mike Tippett said. "It makes about as much sense as me wearing a badge to have a conversation. It won't make a difference."
People don't need to sign pacts of civility to use telephones or send letters, Mr Tippett noted.
"I think the wisdom of the crowds, societal mores, and the expectations of civility will generally solve the problem," Mr Tippett said. "The internet is just an extension of our everyday lives."
At NowPublic we have a code of conduct that we want everyone to follow. This to me is simply an extension of the courteous behaviour we’d expect from anyone in a conversation. More light, less heat.
On NowPublic civility is encouraged, we expect people to behave but we don’t force people to wear badges. Asking people who are prone to writing death threats, racial slurs and misogyny to promise to behave themselves is just silly.