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