Image by fmg2001 via Flickr"There's no right, there's no wrong, there's only popular opinion" -- Jeffrey Goines
The average perception is dictated by popular opinion, I'm sure that everyone acts through experience or better judgement! Any action or behaviour that doesn't correspond with accepted standards of conformity has to be raised before the institution. Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry! Popular opinion doesn't mean that your judgement or what you believe is incorrect.
Many believe that throwing a newborn child into water will instantly enable the child to swim. How many people have actually seen this? Chances are that child won't become Michael Phelps and instead will struggle and eventually drown! Don't believe everything because popular opinion isn't a code..
A code of conduct, which is a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of or proper practices for an individual or organization provides only guidelines. It's not like programming language, when a function has been entered incorrectly and nothing works. We're open source, what drives us forward is the ability to learn but we need to be proactive not reactive.
"Wait! You have to take me to shore. According to the Code of the Order of the Brethren..." -- Elizabeth Swann
"First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate's code to apply and you're not. And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner." -- Captain Barbossa