Appropriate behavior

I believe that the following guidelines for appropriate behavior on this website go without saying and are based on common knowledge. However, when in doubt about what action is tolerable they can be referred to. Thereby, they provide orientation for behavior which is creating a supportive community.


Human Values

In general it can be said that all visitors of the website, as well as its contributors and business partners, should respect the Human Values.


What is expected of you?

Since you have the opportunity to comment on blog posts and are encouraged to participate in discussions or express your opinion, it is expected that you keep an open mind towards and respect the opinions of others. That means  your comments should not discriminate, defame, be obscene, be indecent, express hate or constitute incitement to commit a crime. Neither should the information you might provide in form of external links be misleading, illegal, deceptive, pornographic, threatening, abusive, harassing, menacing or infringing any person’s copyright or any organization’s intellectual property rights.

Through the contact form or via the social media channels you can get in touch with me. As much as I enjoy a serious conversation, I (as well as anybody else I assume) do not like my inbox being flooded with spam. Therefore, making use of the contact details solely for marketing purposes e.g. sending mass mailings, spam or marketing material is prohibited.

Any material published on this website shall not be used for your own marketing purposes or shared, unless otherwise stated, without the written consent of the author. I would like to highlight that for example social media sharing via the sharing function or expressing your opinion on a blog post of mine on your own blog or website is encouraged, if the German copyright laws are complied with. This means on a global scale that the original author should be stated and given credit (in the form of acknowledging the created work as well as referring back to the original post).

Last but not least, you must not use this website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website. Neither shall you use this website in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful.


What can you expect of me?

While I am expecting a respectful behavior of you, the same goes the other way round. Therefore, I will emphasize some basic guidelines which will give you an impression of the behavior you can expect from me.

I believe the Blogger’s Code of Conduct introduced by Tim O’Reilly in 2007 reflects behavior which improves living together off- and online, although it has been discussed critically for censoring opinions. The guidelines were drafted after anonymous comments were threatening and cyber-bullying one of his friends. Tim O’Reilly is known for introducing the terms ‘open source’ as well as ‘Web 2.0’. He is also the founder of O’Reilly Media. The proposal created for bloggers aims at enforcing civility on their blogs by being civil themselves and moderating comments on their blogs. The list consists of seven principles, which can be found in the following:

  1. Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.
  2. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.
  3. Consider eliminating anonymous comments.
  4. Do not feed the trolls.
  5. Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.
  6. If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.
  7. Do not say anything online that you would not say in person.

This means that we reserve the right to edit or remove any material posted upon this website, which is not in line with the behavior expected of you. In case of repeatedly mistreating the stated guidelines we  may take actions we deem appropriate to deal with the posting of unsuitable material, including suspending or canceling your account, restricting your access to our website, or commencing legal proceedings against you.