Overall, these results suggest that bloggers do expect a degree of ethical behavior from the community at large, and they practice (or at least they believe they practice) ethical behavior at an even higher rate. There are a number of ways to reconcile this with the poor reception that the proposed formal code of behavior received. It’s possible that the loudest voices on the issue came from a minority within the blogging community, or their were objections to the specific aspects of this code. But the results of the survey suggest that people won’t necessarily demand that the rest of the community adheres to the standards they set for themselves.
Accountability? What’s that? Screw accountability, I say.
Now attribution – THAT’S important. In Uni you learn that plagiarism is bad – to this end, linking back to where you found the original story is seen as proper ethics.
As I’ve always said – credit where credit is due, gentlemen.