Should there be a code of responsibility for SEO's? I took the opportunity to look at some do's and don'ts for gamblers and thought the was a high degree of synergy between the responsible SEO'ing and responsible gambling.
The similarities between SEO and Gambling is uncanny, here are the original guidelines I found on Poker Rakeback site RaketheRake
When gambling please remember the following:
You're buying fun, not investing your money
Before playing, set strict limits on how much time and money you're going to spend
Quit while you're ahead
Only gamble with money you can afford to lose - never put your livelihood or family at risk
Don't spend more money on gambling with the hope to win back money that you have lost - i.e. do NOT chase losses
Keep up other interests and hobbies - don't let gambling take over your life
Don't gamble in order to escape from stress or boredom
Gambling in moderation is okay
The SEO version is as follows:
When becoming an SEO please remember the following:
This is your career, you are not spending your money
Before starting an SEO project, set strict limits on how much time and money you're going to spend
Quit SEO while you're ahead
Become involved with projects you know can't lose - never put your livelihood or reputation at risk!
Don't spend more time on SEO with the hope to reclaim positions that should never have had - i.e. do NOT chase lost causes
Keep up other interests and hobbies - do not let SEO take over your life
Don't SEO in order to escape from stress or boredom
SEO in moderation is okay
WARNING - Becoming an SEO can seriously affect your social life!