Wednesday, December 08, 2004

3. KANT and blogs

Are there certain duties ALL bloggers should fulfill... all the time... in order to be "good" bloggers?

Are there certain things bloggers should NEVER do?


Blogger Eric Muller said...

I can't think of a categorical blogging imperative.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Kin said...

Make fun of Canada?

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing a blogger "must" do is express something - anything. I mean, dang, what's the point otherwise?

The only thing they must NOT do is knowingly spread misinformation or outright lies. If the purpose of a blog is to enable the spread of ideas and discussion of issues, there's an inherent responsibility to make the work easier by remaining grounded in fact and experience of real substance rather than just making up junk and posting it. If someone's blog is devoted to discussion of the rise of the extreme right-wing in European street politics, it doesn't help if their blog is littered with propaganda that clouds the very discussion they're trying to have.


12:20 PM  
Blogger Egg said...

Interestingly, I wrote a post in the area of this question. Sorry for the bad formatting.

All bloggers should write in their blog at some regular interval.

The nevers are listed in my post

3:56 PM  
Blogger Fred Stutzman said...

They should be entertaining.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should put themselves on some sort of schedule. In order to be "good" bloggers, they should post with a frequency that correlates to the subject matter at hand. If the blog is merely to record updates on a project, then infrequent postings might be expected. If a person is recording events about their everyday life, then some consistency should be expected; perhaps everyday, or every week. A blog about someone's life that hasn't been updated in 7 months appears to be an abandoned project.

The worst thing that a blogger can do, regardless of what their subject matter is, is to erase their posts. I've seen examples of petty fights, personal grudges, spilling out into people's weblogs, and entries appearing and disappearing according to the current state of affairs between people. In one example, I was reading a blog about an ongoing VR romance. When the romance ended, the author erased the entire blog, leaving only a message on the front page which seemed to insult both their ex-partner, and possibly any visitor to the page. When a person decides to share their journal in a public fashion, then the minimal responsibility that they have is to leave their posts there to be seen. Even if a particular post does not show the blogger off in a good light, or requires later apology/revision, it was posted, and should be left to be seen for what it is.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Bronwyn said...

Bloggers should never plaguarise (sp?), they should credit and provide a link if using info from other blogs

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloggers should give credit for all information they post. They should not knowingly spread false information. Bloggers should let their audience know what their particular poltical/ideological leanings are if they are writing on those topics. (For example, I'm VERY left wing, but I do sort of spell that out occasionally).

12:46 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

Bloggers should not violate copyright laws, take graphics and text that they didn't create without permission or at least giving credit. They shouldn't claim other people's content as their own. And they shouldn't direct link, unless given permission.

But re: duties? Only the ones they set for themselves. If any.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Respect copyright

Give proper credit



Blog nekkid with a photocam on if you're old or ugly like me.

Kevin Hayden
The American Street

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A blogger should NEVER edit a post after it has been published, it should be considered to be carved in stone at that point! Embarrasing spelling is the one exception...

Mike Conway

6:25 PM  
Blogger ElisaC said...

I'm not very into "All good bloggers should." That assumes all blogs share the same purpose.

I do agree that all good bloggers should give proper attribution, credit and links when applicable.

Bloggers should never plagiarize.
Bloggers should never knowingly spread lies about factual situations or real people.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

Bloggers should apply to their blogging life the same ethics that are expected in 'real' life. It all boils down to 'use common sense'.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Bloggers should always link to source material.

Bloggers should never do anything with the intention of causing some person or community actual harm, e.g. incite violence against a person or community.

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Sandman said...

Be true to what you write, on whatever subject it is, and never deliberately qoute from other blogger's work with the intention of pretending it's you own.

3:46 AM  
Blogger DocRichard said...

Bloggers should: Not lie. Not plagiarise. Not FLAME. Not accept uncritically anything they read.

7:51 AM  
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