Draft Blog Reader’s Code of Conduct: Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

I can’t help thinking that this whole brouhaha over O’Reilly’s proposed “Blogger’s Code” is begging to be re-jiggered along the lines of that “Don’t rape her” meme from a while back.

So, my draft Blog Reader’s Code:

* If a blogger has a “feminine” pseudonym – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger says something you don’t like – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger disagrees with you publicly – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger has a photograph of herself on her blog – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger lets slip some detail of her life, like her real name or city – Don’t track her down and threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger allows anonymous comments on her blog – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

*If a blogger allows untraceable email addresses for her blog registration – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

*If a blogger has breasts – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger is a feminist – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger is successful in a traditionally-male field – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger isn’t online 24 hours a day to moderate comments – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger chooses not to use disemvowelling as a moderation strategy – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger doesn’t filter her email aggressively – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If you’re drumming up a vendetta against a blogger, and other people are agreeing and piling on to join your trollacious little campaign – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

* If a blogger doesn’t have a Civility Enforced badge on her blog – Don’t threaten to rape and kill her.

Again, add your own, as desired.



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12 replies

  1. Nice bloggy, can’t believe I just found it. Funny list, and yet at the same time profoundly… something or other which makes my eyelid twitch.

  2. Perhaps you could generalize it to “Don’t threaten to rape *or* kill her.” Otherwise, can’t you just see the response? “But I only threatened to kill her!”
    Okay, very black humor there.

  3. I caught up with some blogs in my feed-reader last night, and Teresa Nielsen Hayden is, as usual, a beacon of reason on the whole moderation thing.

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  4. Did you click on the link in the picture?

  5. Purty, ain’t it?

  6. I, erm, well – *beats internal fontmonster into submission*
    Yes, it’s purty.
    eta: I’m talking about the spacing on the allcaps font. I <span class='wp-smiley wp-emoji wp-emoji-heart' title='<3 your neon-sign font. <span class='wp-smiley wp-emoji wp-emoji-heart' title='<3 <span class='wp-smiley wp-emoji wp-emoji-heart' title='<3 <span class='wp-smiley wp-emoji wp-emoji-heart' title='<3 . (No, no, tip your head to the right, not the left! Hearts. Not scrotums.)

  7. Tch tch. It is meant to be an hommage to a Middle English proclamation, which would have had even uglier fonts, I’m sure. So, are you with the editrix, and just want Garamond, hmmm?

  8. I mis-spoke. It was the kernmonster, not the fontmonster. The font itself is just fine, honest! *backpedals furiously*
    I <span class='wp-smiley wp-emoji wp-emoji-heart' title='<3 Garamond, too. The editrix is a woman of refined taste and other fabulosity.

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