Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mind The Rules

The USCCB is starting to get with the times. It's really trying to come to terms with this Inter-tubes thingy. Why, they even quote Wikipedia and mention Facebook! (Nobody here has ever done that ...)

This week the USCCB Office of Communications released Social Media Guidelines that “ 'church personnel' defined as anyone—priest, deacon, religious, bishop, lay employee, or volunteer — who provides ministry or service or is employed by an entity associated with the Catholic Church", should abide by.

Here is a sample Code of Conduct from the Guidelines:
“All posts and comments should be marked by Christian charity and respect for the truth. They should be on topic and presume the good will of other posters."
It's a good thing to, and none too soon, so as to relieve the confusion of the faithful. We thought the previous rules of behavior were to say: 1) You're stupid! 2) That's not Catholic! 3) You're going to Hell! Ok, maybe not, but it's wild out here on the 'Net.

Still, the Guidelines are a good thing and the Church should have 'em. I should have some too, but as I'm having trouble formulating them, we'll go with the sample Code of Conduct above.

I always have trouble with "goals" and "performance metrics" at work too. I've gotten as far as "Will wear pants every day" and then I bog down ...

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