Tristan Lewis provides a very helpful fisking of the whole idea, albeit with some American legal references that aren’t perhaps particularly relevant over here. Possibly also worth pointing out that the two options Tim O’Reilly offers us,
are a false dichotomy. As Linton Chiswick suggests in The First Post, most of us don’t think ‘anything goes’ and censor vast amounts of stuff anyway; if we didn’t everyone’s blogs would be awash with posts advertising Russian porn and viagra. Doesn’t mean we buy into the whole idea of a ‘civility enforced’ code, and nor does it mean we take responsibility for all comments that appear.
As so often, Mr Worstall puts it very well:
“This blog is my property and runs to my rules, changeable as they are.”
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