Tim O’Reilly, pompous and rude

by David on April 11, 2007

Tim O’Reilly has generated code of conduct for bloggers.

A short while ago, O’Reilly wrote the following in an email to me:

some people think that calling people names (your most recent being, “a big douchebag”) is a substitute for discussion.

And when I pointed out to O’Reilly that he was mistaken, that I’d never called him, or indeed anyone, a douchebag, he wrote:

I do apologize. It wasn’t you. It was another commenter. I don’t know why I thought it was you. In a previous post, you even deplored the language used by some of the other posters. Sorry. (But you’ll notice, I made the point privately, and didn’t accuse you in public.)

O’Reilly did apologise but he didn’t properly check his facts before accusing me and he implies ill-mannered private behaviour is more excusible than ill-mannered public behaviour. And he might have a point.

But it isn’t what he suggests in his prissy code of conduct.

Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.simply imagine the person you’re speaking to as a real person, standing in front of you. Would you say what you’re saying to them if you were in the same room

Seems to me that O’Reilly is very prepared to be rude in private, which gives him a lot of leeway in public, doesn’t it?

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