Thursday, March 29, 2007

Voluntary Code Free Zone

More rubbish from the BBC (here) on the need for a voluntary code for blogs.

Here are the two logos that I'm hoping people will adopt and put on their sites to signify their attitude towards the concept of a voluntary code.

Here is the main one:

And for those with a more sensitive disposition:

You can read more about the voluntary code here as reported by the BBC.

I have had some requests for a high res version of the middle finger logo. You can get that here. Please drop me a line if you decide to use any of these, so I can add it to my list of adopters.

Update: James Higham of Nourishing Obscurity has figured out the HTML for posting the polite badge. I can't figure out how to post the HTML to the blog entry without it turning into the image, so if you want the code then just email me.

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea. We really need to fight this stupid concept.

gatsby said...

I am going to forward this to as many people as possible. Love it!

Disillusioned and Bored said...

Thanks. Please let me know of any sites that do use the logo.

Scipio said...

Excellent idea!-Let's take these Bastards on!

Anonymous said...

Is it voluntary or do i have to use it?

Nightowl said...

Until it is proved to me that we actually need one, I have put one on my site :)

Anonymous said...

Who in their right mind would sign up to a voluntary code? Even if the big blogs do that still leaves millions of smaller blogs with no interest in doing so. Which are the nastier blogs? Well, apart from a select few (Guido) they are largely the smaller ones. Good luck PCC.

I'm Always Anonymous said...

The way this will play out is that a couple of the more institutional bloggers will be invited to take part in a forum to discuss a potential code. It will all sound very reasonable but will morph over time. Any blogger that takes part in one of these forums should be boycotted. Nobody should be helping them to form this next wave of oppressive regulation.

tyger said...

It'll be on tygerland.net later today.

Danvers said...

It's on my blog.

Little Black Sambo said...

That logo should show two fingers, according to English custom.

Uncle Tony said...

The logo is meant to show that we are not going to let them screw with blogs.

The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...

And it's now also proudly atop the Select Society also, with a little cheeky update to give you the credit.

Perry said...

Pure genius... But I agree we need a 'two fingers' version.

Disillusioned and Bored said...

I'm buckling under the pressure for two fingers, but can't find an image of the fingers that matches the middle finger image. If anyone can find one then I'll make the badge.

Tom Paine said...

It's up on mine.

Praguetory said...

I will be adding the more polite one on my blog. Thanks for drawing attention to this.

jag said...

I saw your comment on the Vol Abroad's site and have this up on mine now too. Thanks!

Essexpot said...

If 100,000 new blogs a day are created and 1.3 million "things" posted, why do these wankers care? Clearly no one is reading most of what is posted.

That said, I like your bold logo, Mr. D&B, and think I would quite fancy a shag with you...

Robert said...

I've linked here too.

Robert said...

Actually, Disillusioned, doesn't the logo convey the opposite of what is intended.

The 'finger' is an insult, right? But your red line through it suggests that insults are banned. Which in turn implies that free-speech is being curtailed, not promoted.

For it to work, you would either need a middle-finger WITHOUT a line through it... or perhaps some other logo which represents "voluntary code" which you could then put a line through.

Does that make sense?

Disillusioned and Bored said...

I take your point, but I think the middle finger is them trying to screw us and us not taking it... does that make sense. The alternative view of it is that they want to ban offensive stuff like the middle finger and we are saying that it is a zone free of the banning. The point was to make something that looked interesting and was a little rude. I couldn't think of anything better than putting the words voluntary code in the circle and it was pretty boring(like the one below, but harder to read). What a bunch of waffle. Who knows...

James said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'm not sure how strongly I feel about the subject because I sense that this is likely to come to nothing. If governments can't regulate the Internet, I don't think journalists will have much chance either.

ken said...

its on my blog
Eurealist

james higham said...

If I can work out a way to get the html from the banner, I'll put it on my blog.

james higham said...

Tried to get the html by looking at your whole blog in html and selecting it but it doesn't work. Pity. I'd have liked to have used it.

The Morningstar said...

I'll be adding it to my blog.

james higham said...

Mine's now up, thanks to P-G. Actually, it looks quite snazzy, sitting there.

Disillusioned and Bored said...

Glad to hear it worked. I don't know whether you are able to post the code here, but that would be terrific. I am adding you to the list right now.

D

Steve said...

The first img file is:
<img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger2/3326/4263/400/volcodefree.jpg" alt="" border="0" />

The second one is:
<img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger2/3326/4263/400/volcodefree.png" alt="" border="0" />

You need to use &lt; to open the tag and &gt; to close it. (Look up `HTML entities'.)

I took off some style stuff, but if you're worried about it just view the source for this page. I'd guess people using it would prefer it to link back here like so:

<a href="http://disillusionedandbored.blogspot.com/2006/11/voluntary-code-free-zone.html">
<img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger2/3326/4263/400/volcodefree.png" alt="" border="0" />
</a>

You should be able to cut and paste the above stuff into an HTML file as usual.

steve said...

The code above appears wrong as it's being cut off; if you want to see it properly, click on the link to post a comment.

james higham said...

Some good advice above. One of the ways the Blogpower was 'postable' was that all the slashes were reversed and then when you wanted to put it in the sidebar, you just put the slashes back the right way.

grumpy said...

Great idea!
I will be adding this yo my site as soon as I leave here.

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