When you hit that 30th comment on a blog post in a single day, you know that you struck a nerve!
When I decided to post about my recent dissatisfaction with 37 Signals, in no way was I trying to hit the front page of TechMeme or have Jason Fried personally tell me off. Those of you that have been around for a while know that I'm a nice guy who doesn't like to raise a fuss with my blog.
In fact, when folks get upset with me I try to go out of my way to try to walk away as friends. We can disagree and still be friends. In fact, I disagree with my friends more often than most people! Just ask them!
That said, the blogosphere is a wild frontier. We don't, nor will we ever have a Code of Conduct. Nor should we! I absolutely believe in freedom of speech on the Internet.
I also believe in dissension. We're our own Sheriffs in this Wild Wild West and we should never stand around and watch as other bloggers threaten, lie, or even simply give bad advice. IMHO, the higher your authority, albeit by Google or Technorati, the more responsibility you have to ensure you present facts as facts and opinions as opinions.
I am being honest when I state that I want you to take me to task for my writings. I absolutely respect you for challenging me. Just know that after the dust settles, I may still disagree with you. It's okay for two people to have different views of the same situation. We don't share the same perception, so we'll never perceive things identically.