My last two posts were a brilliantly concocted plan to fool the Biblioblogging community days after they expected to be fooled. This plan was conceived about 2 hours ago while I was in the shower. But this gets me thinking, was it wrong for me to lie in such a blatant fashion? Even with clearing things up and having a great big laugh, was it ok to lie like I did? Did I violate some unwritten ethical principle of blogging? I imagine that not a few people were heartbroken, and some probably shed tears over the news of my pseudo-departure from blogging; so what about them? Should we have the reactions of others in mind when we write? I don’t know. But I think that Chris Brady and Jim West have been touching on topics related to this in the last couple of days (here, here, and here).
I wonder if the powers-that-be should get together and establish some ethical principles for blogging (at least in our corner of the blogosphere). I’d be very interested to hear what Drew Tatusko thinks about this.