Background & Motivation
After reading this blog post about the Code of Conduct, I have a suggestion to add "Be Honest" back into the Code of Conduct. Yes, I realize the blog post is nearly a year old, but this issue is still relevant because the Code of Conduct is still in effect currently. The blog post claims:
Since its inception in mid-2008, Stack Overflow and our subsequent network of Stack Exchange sites managed to flourish under a single guiding principle that everyone was expected to follow:
.. Be nice.
However, Stack Overflow and subsequent Exchange sites did not "flourish under a single guiding principle", but rather under two guiding principles. Even the link in the post for single guiding principle shows the second principle, which is "Be Honest":
Above all, be honest. If you see misinformation, vote it down. Insert comments indicating what, specifically, is wrong. Even better — edit and improve the information! Provide stronger, faster, superior answers of your own!
So, why was "Be Honest" left out of the Code of Conduct? Can we add it back in?
Above all, be honest. If you see misinformation, vote it down. Add comments indicating what, specifically, is wrong. Provide better answers of your own. Last but not least, edit and improve the existing questions and answers! By doing these things, you are helping keep Stack Exchange a great place to share knowledge of our craft.
One could argue that since it is already present in the Expected Behavior, there is no need to repeat "Be Honest" in the Code of Conduct, but I disagree. The idea "Be nice" is essentially expounded on in the Code of Conduct via the discussion of kindness (though perhaps kindness is a genuine upgrade from "niceness"). I support the idea of "Be Honest" being expounded on in the Code of Conduct as well, or just being outright added.
After all, isn't honesty central to our community? Isn't the truth central to the quest for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding? If so, then perhaps it should take a central role in shaping our conduct and community.