From what I can tell, the majority of reaction to his call for a code of conduct for bloggers, was non-supportive, so what is his motive for pursuing something that is not popular?
I honestly don’t know why anyone would want to commit themselves to a rigid code of conduct that has no additional repercussions for the violators than a simple, individual comment policy.
If O’Reilly wants to create pretty badges that link back to his code of conduct, he can go ahead. Let them reside in the exact same corner of the blogosphere reserved for “blog of the week” badges – cute, but absolutely meaningless.
O’Reilly, don’t make me create my own badge! Just ask Wikipedia how scary that is!