We've been seeing a wave of activity that doesn't fit with the idea behind this community--that is, with its being a place where you can meet like-minded people and exchange ideas. Some is ad-related stuff covered by our Terms and Conditions, but there's also a lot of instances where people haven't really "got" it yet.
To give these misguided folks a hand, we've come up with a ZDNet code of conduct, which outlines expected standards of behaviour. Here are a couple of examples:
Make your first post count Don't begin your blog with a "Hi, I'm new" or "This is my first entry!" Use the opportunity to introduce yourself and your interests, or to raise a question or make a point.
Be transparent Make it clear if you have a vested interest. If you're talking about a business and you work for that company, it's only fair to let people know.
Take a look at the full list here and give us your feedback. Does the code go too far, or not far enough? Do they reflect how the community should be? It's up to you where we draw the line. Either post a reply, or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.