Dan Cook finally posted the Declaration of Game Designer Independence that we worked on at Project Horseshoe this year. As expected from the comments, some people “get it”, some people don’t (hint: it isn’t about ego) and some will concoct elaborate ulterior motives for us because they are afraid of words. Fine.
If I had to boil the whole thing down to one word it would be: respect. Respect yourselves, respect your art/craft, respect your customers, respect your limitations and respect your process. If all designers could get behind that, we would be much more healthy as a profession and produce better content.