This is a question that even the best web designers out there may not be able to answer. Why? Because a professional is a member of a registered professional body which has a code of ethics, and stringent conduct requirements – they can be debarred from practicing. Do we have that here? NO. Not even in other countries.
But that should not deter us from creating one and discuss the things that should be done. Molly Holzschlag has discussed this in her website and is a heated topic still. In the Philippines, the situation is the same. But when do we act? if not now, when? If not you, who?
Many professional organizations publish policy and ethics documents relating to how they as individuals treat their clients, each other, how they manage fees, and the kind of treatment their professionalism deserves in kind.
In an effort to mobilize the Web community as professionals, and what it means to be a Web professional, a code of ethics for our profession should arise out of a common group. We owe it to ourselves, each other, our clients, and the profession’s integrity and sustainability at large to begin a time of new professionalism for ourselves.
Would you like to discuss it now?