A few quick points (got to go to the office!). Others can add ...
- Respect the blogger's view. Even if you disagree. After all it is his/her blog.
- If some one laves a comment, always respond - either by a simple thankyou mail or a reciprocal comment.
- Be a good citizen of the blogosphere. All laws of politeness in ordinary conversation applies to blogs too.
- Always acknowledge source. Nothing puts off readers when they come across plagiarized material.
- Always add value to a reported material. A copy and paste or a series of links is no good. Be a blogger not an aggregator.
Shall add more ...
If you don't agree with a particular blogger's point of view, make sure you leave a polite comment. Or don't comment at all.
Ok! Still in office but got some spare time now ...
6. The point 4 about source above belongs to pictures too. I see many pictures used by bloggers but are invariably never acknowledged. Bad!
7. Try not to use SMS type language in blogs. And don't use too many ellipses (...) Nothing can be a more put off than a badly written blog.
8. This point may be disputed by some here, but nevertheless: try not to use pop-ups in blog. This is a guaranteed way of losing readers.
9. This is forbidden by Google Adsense but I have seen this done. Please don't request to click on an advert on your blog. Pertinently bad manners.
This plus Pavan's one makes it 10. So I will stop now.
Useful tips. I myself hae been doing atleast one thing. Downloading pics from net and using. Henceforth, I will go back and acknowledge all the downloaded pics. Thanks a lot!
Would like to add what Ravi Prakash mentioned while reviewing one of the blogs ...
10) Use Spell Checker. A blog with (lots of) typos just shows that you can't care less. That is not polite.
12. If you like a post, give it all the publicity it deserves. Your's may get the same honor someday too! 13. Visit back the post where you start a discussion on discussion oriented posts. Your view started it, so it needs nurturing too! Su
@ Amitabh - good post...
Think there are some good points we can all add here...
@ Sriharsha - like point 13, though it can be a pain to sometimes moderate! Ask Renie!
Guys, this is a topic that came up at our very first blogger meet in Bangalore, and we have a year-old wiki we started to frame a code of ethics for IndiBloggers. What say we revive it?
Almost everything is covered in the wiki! Only way to update, i see, is to add new stuff as and when you come across petty mistakes/crimes/unethical behaviour. But we've to be sure that we dont forget to add it!
i am just a beginner.....i wanna know about copyright laws. I mean what is permissible and what is not.
Can any experienced blogger guide me through it.
It will be highly appriciated.
Indian Pundit : Copyrighted material can be used SOMETIMES with due credits given to the owner. This is most likely the case when it is individual property or a website. Whereas using copyrighted material (and pretty classified/popular ones at that) belonging to companies, it is tricky. U'll be the hero until u're discovered. Once stuck, god knows what cud happen. I can say this much with my experience. More experienced ppl are out there! post a new thread to get more info and specific replies. click here to post a topic. :)
@Sriharsha - agreed, it needs to be updated. We have another document we would like to share - it encompases ethics of blogging, and also ethical ways in which corporates can approach bloggers. We'll put that up soon!
I like to share my own post on Blogging Ethics too
i think i am bad blogger... so many mistakes i hv done....
but thanks a lot... i learned how to be a good blogger....
* Be a blogger not an aggregator. * <---- dis is a punchline for every blogger
thanks a lot sir....
It takes quite a bit of guts to blog.
Believe me. To put out your thoughts to the world, open it to ridicule and criticism takes guts. Not manyrealize this. So, the fact that you blog is a great first step.
Blogging is also very personal. And we cal all improve.
Amitabh it requires lots of guts not only to blog but also to initiate a topic on forum i think....an innocent topic can take on a different hue altogether & then a person like me would not like to touch it with a barge-pole ;notwithstanding the fact that it would be my duty to wind it up
What do you say ? Certain things just go against your grain,what is one to do then ?
@ Amitabhji, ya you are right. your words will improve my confidence. thanks a lot sir
@ Weblogian : Quite a comprehensive blogging ethics post you've got there!
Thank you all for sharing it. Its really nice of you to share ethics et all..
If you disagree with the blog post, attack the content by all means - but spare the blogger. :) It should not be personal.
@ Venu: Thats the problem dude... since bloggers cant see the emotion in your face and voice ,... everything's personal !
thanks for the excellent list of ethics of blogging.