Follow-up: Code of Conduct

I want to post a brief follow-up to an article entitled Code of Conduct posted here at GeneaBloggers on Thursday 29 April 2010.

  • Thanks to everyone who posted a comment to the post and gave their 2 cents, their 5 cents or their 25 cents.  It was all very constructive – I appreciated the dialog and I am sure most members and readers did as well.
  • In addition the conversation continued via Facebook status messages, tweets on Twitter and other posts at genealogy-related blogs.  The power of social media among the genealogy community is very evident.
  • Most of the feedback confirmed my original thoughts – we don’t need and shouldn’t have a formal structure for GeneaBloggers.  No requirements other than having your own genealogy blog or wanting to read genealogy blogs.
  • No code of conduct either.  Despite some of the reactions in the comments and other forms of feedback, I am a big free speech advocate.  I don’t often share some of these views here at GeneaBloggers especially since I try to channel posts with my own personal opinions not related to genealogy over to my other blog, Destination: Austin Family.
  • I do believe there are times when we need to be supportive of each other and I’ve seen this happen often at GeneaBloggers: members have reached out to others on the loss of a parent or spouse or significant other; members have checked-in on other members during natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, storms and the like; members have offered continual support as some of us meet life’s challenges which can sometimes seem overwhelming.  When I witness this, not only am I overjoyed, but I can’t wait to tell my non-genealogy friends what a great group of people I know!
  • We are a community whether we like it or not and there are times when issues surrounding “who we are as a group” are going to pop up.  It is natural and not a bad thing.  It is a form of “maintenance” for the group.
  • Going forward GeneaBloggers will provide the same service (and fun!) to genealogy bloggers and the genealogy community as it always has.  For me, it is an honor to be able to interact with so many creative and intelligent writers who are just as passionate about genealogy as I am.

© 2010, Thomas MacEntee

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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  2. Thomas,

    You are right about this being a community. I was happy to meet a dozen plus geneabloggers this week and it was like instant family. Most geneabloggers really do care about each other and are supportive in both research and “real life” matters. There are dozens more of our little band of bloggers that I hope to meet one day.


  3. Well said Thomas. Having been part of several online communities I can tell you that this is obviously nothing new. When opinions are involved it is hard to please everyone and sometimes there will be people who might get their feelings hurt or misbehave. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. It’s that simple. If it has to do with copyrights, you can pursue legal action. You know what they say about common sense, right?

    Thanks for raising the issue and thanks for the follow up post.

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