Code of Conduct

August 18, 2005

Better Communication Results’ Code of Blogging Ethics

To write, publish, and be read is a privilege and responsibility. Being mindful of that privilege and responsibility:

1. I shall not barter my words or my silence.

2. I shall write and advocate openly and honestly.

3. I shall strive for accuracy, avoiding errors and correcting them immediately when discovered.

4. I shall strive for balance; even in advocacy, I shall not distort or suppress obviously relevant facts to bolster my argument.

5. I shall welcome and invite rebuttal, debate and discussion through comments, email, and trackbacks.

6. I shall disclose my sources fully, through credits, links and trackbacks, unless the source, with good grounds, has requested anonymity; moreover, I shall trackback where relevant and possible.

7. I shall respect copyright; my own words will be licensed with a Creative Commons license.

8. I shall let the record stand; I shall not delete posts, or parts of them, unless not doing so would violate one of the foregoing principles, and shall give notice that I have done so. If I modify a post, it shall be by adding to it; and I shall mark these additions clearly.

9. I shall reveal material conflicts-of-interest.

10. I shall, as a member of IABC and a citizen of the Australia, remain mindful of the IABC Code of Ethics and the laws of the Australia.

Lee Hopkins, Adelaide, 18th August 2005

Thanks to Allan Jenkins for the idea and content.