John Timmer at Ars Technica discusses the results of a survey of bloggers which seems to suggest that, while most bloggers hold themselves to a reasonably high ethical standard, they don’t necessarily expect other bloggers to do so.
I think it’s kind of a weird idea to have a code of ethics for all bloggers, but that’s because blogs are so diverse, not because I can imagine a situation in which I’d be deliberately violating such a code. My blog is a sort of mashup of art review, musings on communications and policies, and science coverage, and they’re all different sorts of posts. When I blog on a peer-reviewed paper, I use different formatting than I do when blogging on an art show. But I always attribute things, make quotes and sources clear, and represent the facts as accurately as I can. I do that not because I belong to a profession with an ethical code (blogging is not my profession) but because I was trained as a scientist and scholar, and I consider it my duty to represent things truthfully here. If I didn’t feel that way, I doubt a code would have much force. What do you think?