Code of Ethics
I commit to the following with respect to entries in this blog, and to my wider participation in the wider blogosphere:
To Be Honest and Fair with respect to gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
- Never plagiarizing.
- Publishing as fact only that which I believe to be true
- Identifying and linking to sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources' reliability.
- Making certain that blog entries, quotations, headlines, photos and all other content do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
- Never distorting the content of photos without disclosing what has been changed. Image enhancement will only be used for technical clarity. Montages and photo illustrations will be labelled.
- Never publishing information I know is inaccurate -- and if publishing questionable information, I will make clear it's in doubt. Questionable and biased sources will be noted as such.
- Distinguishing between advocacy, commentary and factual information. Even advocacy writing and commentary should not misrepresent fact or context.
- Distinguishing factual information and commentary from advertising and shunning hybrids that blur the lines between the two.
- Showing compassion for those who may be affected adversely by Weblog content particularly when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
- Being sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
- Recognizing that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of information is not a license for arrogance.
- Recognizing that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone's privacy.
- Showing good taste and avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
- Admitting mistakes and correct them promptly.
- Writing each entry as if it could not be changed; adding to, but not rewriting or deleting, any entry, although I reserve the right to correct typos.
- Inviting dialogue with the public over the content of this blog and my conduct.
- Disclosing conflicts of interest, affiliations, activities and personal agendas.
- Denying favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence content. When exceptions are made, I will disclose them fully to readers.
- Being wary of sources offering information for favors. When accepting such information, these favor(s) will be disclosed.
- Exposing unethical practices of other bloggers.
- Abiding by the same high standards to which they hold others.
I consider the blogosphere to be a frank and open public conversation, that allows for personal expression and constructive dialogue. But frankness and openness does not mean that lack of civility should be tolerated. To this end, I commit to the following principles:
- I take full responsibility for my own words and for the comments I allow on my blog. Unacceptable content will not be allowed, and comments that contain it will be deleted. Unacceptable content is defined as anything included or linked to that:
- Is being used to abuse, harass, stalk, or threaten others
- Is libellous, knowingly false, ad-hominem, or misrepresents another person,
- Infringes upon a copyright or trademark
- Violates an obligation of confidentiality
- Violates the privacy of others
- I won't say anything online that I wouldn't say in person.
- In case of personal conflicts, I will connect privately before responding publicly. If I encounter conflicts and misrepresentation in the blogosphere, I will make every effort to talk privately and directly to the person(s) involved – or find an intermediary who can do so – before publishing any posts or comments about the issue.
- When I believe someone is unfairly attacking another, I will take action, up to and including cooperation with law enforcement.
- Trolls will be ignored, as long as they don't veer into abuse or libel.