Monday, March 20, 2006

The Jewish Bloggers' Campaign for Responsible Speech Online

While avoiding rewriting my essay that's due next week, I was doing random blogger searches (very very bad), and found this, which I definitely want to be a part of! (The main point is about 1/4 of the way down the page. To quote Jewschool:

The recommendation for bloggers carrying this banner is that they be
mindful before pressing the "Publish" button and that they ask this
consideration from their site's contributors - both other bloggers on their
site and visitors. Ask yourself before posting, I"s what I've written a
kiddush Hashem (a sanctification of God's name) or a chilul Hashem (a
desecration of God's name)?" If it's the latter, consider revising your
remarks to preserve your point, while minimizing whatever harm you may do to
your fellow. In other words, attack the idea, not the person, and do so
tactfully and respectfully.

With my limited computer knowledge, I couldn't figure out how to get the little banner of the Chofetz Chaim on my sidebar, but y'all should know (by now that I wholly support this initiative, and kudos to Jewschool for making it known among a far larger readership than I ever could have).

Update: Thanks to defen's highly superior blogging knowledge, I now do have the Chofetz Chaim on my sidebar. Thanks again, defen!

14 comments:

Pragmatician said...

It's definitely a good thought, but for many the very fact that one writes a blog would constitute e a chillul H'Ashem

Lvnsm27 said...

Prag, yeah, unless it's for a good purpose.

If it's to vent, then they should follow the guidelines.

leati said...

still waiting...

TRW said...

Oh...guilt...if I could be reading blogs, you ask, why wasn't I writing a certain letter...?

Good question. Wellll...I have a long busride tomorrow!

defen said...

I can walk you through linking the image to your sidebar. Interested?

TRW said...

Yeah, please!

defen said...

Sorry it took so long.

Insert this...

[a href="http://www.torah.org/learning/halashon/"][img src="http://www.jewschool.com/shmirathalashon.gif"][/a]

...into your sidebar, but first, substitute <> for []. I chose the Torah.org Shmiras HaLashon webpage, but you could substitute any other page you desire.

TRW said...

Excellent! Thanks!

G Green said...

You are an inspiration to all (or at least me, who should gaurd my tounge more online), but the chofetz chayim link doesnt go anywhere. Is there a mistake in the link?

TRW said...

I dunno-it's working on this end. When I click it, it links to torah.org's shmiras halashon page.

Anyone else having problems with it?

G Green said...

It seems to be ok today - I guess yesterday site was down when i tried. (still debating whether to put it up too.)

defen said...

My pleasure, TRW. :-) Anytime, really.

trixies86 said...

I don't really have a very high readership, but I'll steal the link, and hopefully be more careful before I press publish.

also, hi.

Rabbanit Ruth Alfasi said...

Hi, how did you get that chofetz chaim logo thingy? I've looked everywhere and tried defen's suggestion, but it didn't work.
i'd love to have it, thanks.