That said, I’ll almost certainly add an express mini-code to my own site after exams, reflecting what I’ve already been doing in comments. Basically: (1) a no asshole rule, since people should be told early and often that being an asshole is always unacceptable, and (2) a recognition that I’m accountable for what is on my site, and I will act accordingly, since trash in my comments reflects poorly on me.
I dislike overreactions that succumb to the framing of the internet as this horrible place filled with evil lurking around every corner, but I do believe in the power of social norms, and I do believe that no one should be subjected to what Kathy went through. So I’ll do my part to make sure my little corner of the web is clean, even though I think others should make that choice for themselves.
[Photo courtesy pamelaadam under CC-BY. See also what is almost certainly the only photo on flickr tagged with ‘enforced by aardvarks’.]
[Later: or just ignore me and ignore everything else and read John Scalzi. He has a long post, but the money quote is “What the blog world needs is not a universal “Code of Conduct”; what it needs is for people to remind themselves that deleting comments from obnoxious dickheads is a good thing.” Right on.]