i\'m not espousing an opinion either way, but i will say that there are more ethics used than you cite. Travis for example, seems VERY ethical in the management of his site. his ethics are displayed in many ways here; if you read his postings about changing the board, etc one can see it clearly. i think there are many more independent people using ethics in their management of sites daily - the question is should there be an expected code of ethics for blogs.
would there be merit to having a code one can cite if one wants to initiate a boycott of a particular blog or to commend a particular blog? or does the very nature of freedom within the internet preclude that? do the rules applied to freedom of speech in other areas of our lives apply here or is it a free-for-all?