[BSDCert] code of ethics
J. Rafael Gómez G."
lobogris at gmail.com
Wed Sep 7 17:42:22 EDT 2005
I'm agree with Evan. A code of ethics is merely an adornment for the
Certification. It's good to have it (it's better than having nothing at
all), but is almost impossible to enforce it worldwide. The idea of having a
database with bad behavior record of people is good, but just as internal
information stuff. If we publish that info, we'll get into big legal
problems (Nobody likes to be exposed as a "bad guy").
Maybe a score system (like the one that Amazon uses to grade used books
vendors) may work.
Then we let know employers that they can give scores and watch grades of BSD
Cert IT Pros but only if them explicitly ask for them (in a legal way, for
course). This would help to avoid vandalism.
On 9/7/05, Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org> wrote:
> dlavigne6 at sympatico.ca wrote:
> >Two questions for the list:
> >1. Do you guys think there is any value to employers if testing
> candidates are required to adhere to a "code of ethics"? Would it help deal
> with the misperception that Open Source is not well structured? Or is it
> just so much fluff?
> IMO (which is not necessarily that of LPI's :-) ) it need not be fluff.
> It takes the cert beyond a mere identification of skill into a realm of
> identifying true professionals in the field. It is an assumed part of
> the certifications in most fields that are considered "professional"
> (law, medicine, accountancy, engineering, etc.)
> It is not commonplace in IT certification because most of that is vendor
> driven and things like ethical codes are considered a hindrance to wide
> acceptance within the IT training field :-P.
> Personally, I really like the idea of a code being part of the cert
> because it indicates to the public that the peer community places a
> value on character as well as skill. Having said that:
> - Are you sure this is what the community wants? Ethics codes are (or at
> least they can be) controversial issues and not everyone thinks that a
> technical cert should reach beyond technical evaluation
> - I agree with Bill that an ethical code is worthless without methods of
> policing and policies to handle alleged breaches. There would have to be
> a mechanism in place to deal with accusations of breaking the code, and
> there have to be clear penalties. The process needs to be fair. Even so,
> you can almost expect to be sued if a cert is ever revoked for ethical
> reasons, because that amounts to a kind of public humiliation.
> It's one thing to have a voluntary code of ethics, quite another to have
> an accreditation program enforce it. One option is to have an opt-in
> system, in which the candidate's record of completing the certification
> indicates whether or not that person voluntarily adheres to the Code. Of
> course, you still have to deal with instances in which a person claims
> to follow the Code but evidence indicates otherwise.
> - Evan
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