Citizen Journalist Pledge from BayosphereEdit

By submitting this form, I agree to be accurate, complete, fair and transparent in my postings on Bayosphere. My work will be my own, created by me and/or in collaboration with others. I will operate with integrity.

I work in the community interest.

As a citizen journalist, I report and produce news explaining the facts as fairly, thoroughly, accurately and openly as I can.

  • Fair: I'm always listening to and taking account of other viewpoints;
  • Thorough: I learn as much as I can in the time I have, and point to original sources when possible;
  • Accurate: I get it right, checking my facts, correcting errors promptly and incorporating new information I learn from the community;
  • Open: I explain my biases and conflicts, where appropriate.

I may also provide reviews (such as a critique of a movie or book) and commentary with a point of view based on facts, but I will have no significant financial or otherwise direct connection (membership, affiliation, close relationship, etc.) with an interested party.

If I do have such connections, I'll disclose them prominently, and my work may be labeled and/or categorized appropriately.

I agree, as an active member of this community, to help uphold the integrity of this pledge by challenging and reporting inappropriate postings or abuse.

Anonymous Accountability, Is It Possible?Edit

Submitted by metavalent on Thu, 03/02/2006 - 1:50pm.

Silence Dogood comes to mind. I'm happy to take the pledge, but I don't want to use my real name. I propose that the Standards Themselves can be upheld and enforced without such personal exposure. Perhaps we want to comment RESPONSIBLY on controversial topics. Of all people, Dan probably realizes that freedom of the press is not what it used to be, people can and do hold things against us, and as Citizen Journalists, we don't have the stability or protective cover of a credential or day job. We're totally exposed. So I'm all about the pledge and I want to comply and cooperate, but also I don't want to write completely in the open. Not in America or China, anyway. I know that our beloved Bayo is dwindling a bit, but perhaps the idea below could open things up a bit and draw in some more people who want to contribute Respectably, but Anonymously. Dan, I'd like to request consideration of the following, on an limited beta-test basis:

I further offer my unique GPG Fingerprint as non-repudiation that the posts I make originate from my pen name.


Fingerprint: 2F5A 219F 1200 6863 1181 5750 767D FED3 85A8 DBB8 Version: GnuPG v1.4.2 (MingW32) - GPGshell v3.45

Comment: Open Source Encryption for Everyone


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