Follow-up: Code of Conduct

I want to post a brief follow-up to an article entitled Code of Conduct posted here at GeneaBloggers on Thursday 29 April 2010.

  • Thanks to everyone who posted a comment to the post and gave their 2 cents, their 5 cents or their 25 cents.  It was all very constructive – I appreciated the dialog and I am sure most members and readers did as well.
  • In addition the conversation continued via Facebook status messages, tweets on Twitter and other posts at genealogy-related blogs.  The power of social media among the genealogy community is very evident.
  • Most of the feedback confirmed my original thoughts – we don’t need and shouldn’t have a formal structure for GeneaBloggers.  No requirements other than having your own genealogy blog or wanting to read genealogy blogs.
  • No code of conduct either.  Despite some of the reactions in the comments and other forms of feedback, I am a big free speech advocate.  I don’t often share some of these views here at GeneaBloggers especially since I try to channel posts with my own personal opinions not related to genealogy over to my other blog, Destination: Austin Family.
  • I do believe there are times when we need to be supportive of each other and I’ve seen this happen often at GeneaBloggers: members have reached out to others on the loss of a parent or spouse or significant other; members have checked-in on other members during natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, storms and the like; members have offered continual support as some of us meet life’s challenges which can sometimes seem overwhelming.  When I witness this, not only am I overjoyed, but I can’t wait to tell my non-genealogy friends what a great group of people I know!
  • We are a community whether we like it or not and there are times when issues surrounding “who we are as a group” are going to pop up.  It is natural and not a bad thing.  It is a form of “maintenance” for the group.
  • Going forward GeneaBloggers will provide the same service (and fun!) to genealogy bloggers and the genealogy community as it always has.  For me, it is an honor to be able to interact with so many creative and intelligent writers who are just as passionate about genealogy as I am.

© 2010, Thomas MacEntee

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