June 6, 2012

Ethics for Webbies

Recently a business coach mentioned that for almost every profession there is a code of ethics.

I wasn't really surprised about that, and hadn't thought about it cogently. Unconsciously I was following

this code, culled from various places on the web, below.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has a more formal Code of Ethics here.

For a deeper understanding of ethics and where it comes from try this link.

Ethics for Webbies

  • Write in a standard code & method
  • Advise client of any deception on their site
  • Refuse job of any illegal content
  • Deliver fully functional product, with advice on how to use it
  • Balance relationship between function & design
  • Advise client on ownership rights of intellectual property ( photographs & other assets)
  • Refrain from stealing intellectual property
  • Do not overcharge clients, especially those who know little about the web
  • Do not charge for an original design but actually provide a template
  • Deliver product on time
  • Protect user information
  • Be honest in reporting site statistics
  • Not utilize pop up windows, pop under windows
  • Do not use repeating window loops which disables the back button or other techniques to trap visitors
  • Do not participate in ‘web rings’, a black hat strategy for seo purposes
  • Not to over-promote using html tags which have no relevance to content, as that might cause blacklisting by Google

Edward Rosenthal

Edward worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in the hills of Berkeley Ca in the 70's, where the current internet backbone was being developed. He consulted scientists and programmed in fortran, cobol, pascal, C, and Oracle and Informix 4gl's. He worked corporate in the city as a freelancer for 12 years. Higher Source Web Sites started developing web sites in 2001, while in the real estate business. He started blogging and developing sites for his colleagues and his company, then other Real Estate companies. His background in business programming, database administration, & software development made staying within the soft technologies more appealing than other choices. He lives in Santa Rosa Ca with his wife Pam and runs a beagle rescue with Pam, teaches chess, and loves music and cinema.

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