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Baseball Toaster Code of Conduct
2007-05-27 15:00
by Ken Arneson

There is no "Code of Conduct". In civilized conversations between mature people, codes of conduct are not necessary.

I will not manage people's behavior. I'm a busy man, I have better things to do. If someone fails to behave in a civilized, mature manner, I just delete their accounts. No warnings, no notification. I don't have time for that.

If and when such a deletion happens in error, human beings with a mature and responsible character will figure out the best course of action to correct the problem.

For the truly clueless, I offer this one clue:  if you offend someone--even if you are right, and the offended party is wrong--apologize.  Sincerely, and without sarcasm. 

--Ken Arneson,

2006-06-21 14:40:06
1.   kylepetterson
'There is no "Code of Conduct"'

In that case, can we at least get a dress code?

I've heard Alex commonly types in his undies.

2006-06-26 08:14:02
2.   Daniel Zappala
If someone fails to behave in a civilized, mature manner, I just delete their accounts. No warnings, no notification. I don't have time for that.

Excellent. Thanks for all you have done to make this site, Ken.

2006-07-03 09:38:48
3.   Buccin Ear
I would like to find out how I can get my blog http:\\ posted on

The blog is devoted to the subject of the Pittsburgh Pirates.


2006-08-09 19:19:56
4.   Bluebleeder87
I've heard Alex commonly types in his undies.

I'm gelty of that at the moment

2007-05-27 15:30:54
5.   Ken Arneson
Updated on May 27, 2007, to include the clue for the clueless.
2007-05-27 15:43:40
6.   joejoejoe
My favorite code is 'The Chicago Way' - "He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue!" - but it works less well moderating blog comments than catching mobsters.
2007-05-27 21:16:24
7.   Suffering Bruin
But what about poor research? That's still cool, right? If not, I'm in trouble.

No, wait a minute... I'm not toast because I'll no longer be in the toaster so that would make me... dry bread? I don't know. I'm confused now.

2007-05-29 08:20:40
8.   Sushirabbit
Moldy Bread, SB.

I love the Baseball toaster. Thanks for all the work that everyone puts in at this, er, appliance.

2007-05-29 13:52:06
9.   Ali Nagib
1 - What about a "Code of Honor"? I'm sure I speak for all the Toaster fans when I say that I'd love to see a tournament of spiked-and-poisoned glove fighting in a pole-dancing arena among the writers.
2007-06-06 11:16:57
10.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Other Codes:

Code of Ethics (needs citation)

The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (

The Code of Hammurabi (

The Code of Canon Law (

The Code of the Geeks (

The Bachelorette Party Code of Secrecy (

2007-06-06 12:36:19
11.   Bama Yankee
10 What about The Code of Silence (although, maybe I was not supposed to mention it... hence the name)

Also, if there's no dress code maybe we could have:
A Penal Code
A Fire Code
A Da Vinci Code
A Morse Code
A Source Code
A Code Blue or
A Code Red (this is starting to sound like a Dr. Seuss book...)

Now that I think about it, a Mountain Dew Code Red would be good about now, Sam I am...

2007-06-06 15:41:08
12.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
11 I thought last code I referenced to be close enough to any Code of Silence, and perhaps the easiest to access example of the category. That said, nice additions to the list! My only quarrel is that Da Vinci, Morse and Source are not examples of the same kind of Code as we discuss when discussing Codes of Conduct.
2007-06-07 11:19:32
13.   Bama Yankee
12 I guess the Code of Silence I was thinking of was more along the lines of the one where you get your kneecaps broken if you violate it... (although there might be some mafia groups that have resorted to using the "severe bloating and cramping around the thighs and buttocks" that your link mentions, but I hear that is only for the most egregious offenders ;-)

Touche on the Da Vinci, Morse and Source. But, without the rhyme to go with the colors, my Dr. Seuss joke doesn't make as much sense. To those who say that the Seuss joke was not funny even with the rhyme, I say "beware of the severe bloating and cramping around your thighs and buttocks"... ;-)

2007-06-18 06:39:31
14.   bob34957
Codes are great because there are some who feel their omnipotent status permits them to belittle others .

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