Blog Pollution by SPAM: Unethical Behavior
Ethics is not something to take lightly. Ethics provides a guideline for every person to be doing something good and valuable, not only for the individual but for others. Without ethics there is chaos. Can unethical behavior be tolerated on a bioethics blog. No!
As is probably happening on other blogs, there has developed a behavior on the part of some assuming that it is perfectly ethical, legal and proper to place SPAM messages in the Comments section of the blog postings. The comments section has been made available to provide access to the blog for conversation about the topic presented in the original posting. It is not to provide a free and unfettered resource for the broadcasting of commercial material. Spammers can fill their own personal blog with whatever they please but they may not contaminate and pollute access to rational discourse.
We all have heard of companies discharging their waste into what previously were clean rivers. Is that ethical for the local residents and those down stream? The blog spammers are doing the same thing to our river of communication. Don’t do it anymore because soon our river will be clogged, communication will stop and the life in our river will end.
Specifically, today I have had to clean up a posting polluted by glok41lcac. And there have been others.Instead of “using” someone else for their self-interest purposes without permission, the spammers would be more ethical and could possibly contribute by participating with pertinent comments about the issue being discussed. Can’t we all get along? ..Maurice.