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Real disclosure

In the lefthand column, I have a link to my disclosure statement, a practice I recommend. But, although I’m honest in it, it doesn’t really get at the truth.

For example, I’m on Technorati’s board of advisors. But that’s not the relevant fact. Yes, I’ll make some money if Technorati goes public or gets bought. I’m not sure how much, but not enough to consciously affect my behavior. What does affect my behavior and disposes me to like Technorati, despite their flaws, is that some of the people who work there are my friends. Even then, I wouldn’t knowingly lie or go out of my way to mention the company. But I like helping my friends, even in tiny ways. The possibility of making some money actually serves as an inhibitor: Before I post something about Technorati, I think about my motives. (And, yes, I generally add a disclosure statement in brackets.)

So, in the interest of transparency, I propose a standardized Disclosure Code to get at the actual influences that affect one’s blogging. Entries would include:

WT Work there
WXT Worked there
AWR Applied there, was rejected
FT I have friends there
CPF Cocktail party friends
BTMHF Been to my house friends
HMS Hot monkey sex. Say no more, wink wink.
PIHT I have people I hate there
X +1/-1 Ex-girl/boyfriend works there; ended well or badly
WSLTH Went to school with someone there but I’ve lost track of her/him
FT2 A friend of a friend works there
SUT I’m sucking up to them
WTOMS Wish they’d offer me stock
ITOF I thought of it first
SBO I sued the bastards once
IJND I’m just name-dropping

Anyone know how to submit a proposal for an ISO standard?

13 Responses to “Real disclosure”

  1. Stopped taking your meds again, huh?

  2. it would be great if these could be done as tags, so one didnt need to keep repeating the disclosure.

    not sure about HMS and the latter entries, but i do think the core idea has some value.

  3. I suppose you should make a Request For Comments first and see where people take it from there.

  4. Good idea! (Just SUT) :)

    [hmm. need a way to extend this with specifiers. SUT-who? Proposed extensions: SUT-TB = I’m sucking up to them, where “them” is This Blogger]

  5. Bravo Dave! Excellent concept. It’s a shame folks are not able to let a blog be a blog, grasp the notion that the blogger is offering their pov and all that might go with it. The danger is “adult supervision” too often seeks to suck the fun out of everything without any real need to do so.

  6. Very funny. But I do think that I smell a new microformat cooking.

  7. Maybe the following syntax might be more intuitive and flexible:

    “$SigOther1 just got ranted on from $SigOther1->Kid2 because $SigOther1 said things and mentioned $SigOther1->Kid2 and some past history involving $SigOther1->ExSpouse1 and $SigOther1->Kid1 as well as $SigOther1->Kid2…”

    Picked up from here:


  8. I LOVE THIS! It’s the algebra I never was able to learn!

  9. Ginger ale, right out the nose…

    But really, on some level, that’s what we want from people: come clean on your associations.

    Issues from the nonprofit sector could add a good ten categories to this list. (Competed with them for funding, won/lost; Potential funding source; Former funding source; etc.)

  10. If only our government officials had to abide by such disclosures!

    For example, when asked about his Hallibuton connections, Cheney states he quit working there to run for VP and sold his stock in the company. What he doesn’t state is that he’s still got friends there and stock OPTIONS (which have grown from $200k to $10mil since the start of the Gulf War).

  11. B0GU bend over and grease up (act)

  12. I agree with you the way you view the issue. I remember Jack London once said everything positive has a negative side; It is also interesting to see different viewpoints & learn useful things in the discussion.

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