Coincidentally, the Washington Post weighed in today with the story Foodie Free-for-all, for which I was contacted a few weeks ago. It mentions the strict Chowhound policy that posters cannot write about free meals at all, which probably comes as news to some people.
Here's a few of the excellent comments we got:
- "I think that any blogger, food or otherwise, should have a posted "code" and then follow it," says Cybele, pointedly following up with "That's my first impression of opinions after reading over it today. (I'll have to check back at the site in a month before I can do a full review.)"
- Also rather acerbic was Sku, who wrote "I fully support this effort to import the stodgy practices of print jouralism to blogging. After all, that's part of the reason why the print journalism world is thriving."
- Jonah said, "My first impression, to borrow a term, is that this Code of Ethics is well intentioned, but misguided. Who defines what "fair" is?"