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Chris Vallance | 18:35 UK time, Monday, 9 April 2007

The New York Times has a round-up of further developments in the effort to draw up a code of conduct for bloggers.

Not sure where I stand on this issue, but there can be no harm in a community collectively saying it values well mannered discourse. I would only add that speaking of the net generally many of the problems we experience start because people forget that writing online is an act of publishing. It is easy from within an online community, to view that community as a virtual island, and that what we say will be shared only among its members. But this clearly isn't the case, the waters of the web visit all shores. When we blog, podcast or post to Twitter or MySpace, we are, in effect, publishing to an audience that extends beyond our PC, and is potentially as large as the web itself.

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