For the most part I agree and I feel I already adhere to these. But some I do not. "We will not use the power of our blog as a weapon." A mindless weapon no, but the critic is themselves a guerrilla force, outside the fighting influence of the Chef/General. We do not have the finances backed by a magazine or a newspaper to speak for the people. We must lash out when a restaurant fails, either to educate a restaurateur to improve or to punish those who don't care what they serve. My keyboard is my sword!
I hide behind some anonymity for safety - both personal and for the blog. I do not tell a restaurant I am coming to review them (often I don't even know myself I'm coming) and that is what the Association of Food Journalists also recommend. I want to be served like anyone entering a restaurant as a restaurant should be presenting their best at all times (with an understanding that things cannot always go perfectly). I understand and respect the idea of review a restaurant twice or thrice, but my personal economy and my availability to do so make repeat visits sometimes impossible (when will I ever be back to Neustadt Ontario?).
Again, I agree for the most part for the 'Guidelines' as well. But more problems exist: I will not sample a wide arrangement of items on the menu - my mandate is chicken wings. I will sample the fries or onion rings or deep fried pickles, but I will try to sample as many wing styles as I can. Anonymity is brought up again, and I do understand the need to protect against those food bloggers, or posters who use venom, ignorance, and intolerance to comment about a restaurant or its food.
So on the whole I pledge to honour The Food Bloggers Code of Ethics when and where I can. I think it is important to be seen not just as an armchair critic, but to take seriously what we do and why we do it. I am not a professional, but that doesn't mean I can't act professionally. Does this mean ALL food bloggers should have to follow these standards? No - not by anymeans. But at the core of this manifesto is respect, and that is one thing many blogs and many commenters forget.
GO WINGS GO!