Netiquette – Online Etiquette

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10 suggestions for on line etiquette – Netiquette. Before you jump into the deep end of the social networking pool, you may want to consider some simple rules of engagement. First impressions can be lasting.

“Netiquette” is network etiquette, the do’s and don’ts of online communication. Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal “rules of the road” of cyberspace

Imagine the reaction you would get walking into a black-tie dinner dressed for a game of tennis. It’s a fact that people who would never endure such embarrassment in real life often generate similarly negative responses online—sometimes unknowingly—through their ignorance of the most basic rules.

The way you post messages, retrieve information, and deal with others online impacts other users. Proper attention to Netiquette ensures you put your best foot forward at all times while inconveniencing those you meet online the least.

*   1: Remember the Human – The golden rule your parents and your kindergarten teacher taught you was pretty simple: Do unto others as you’d have others do unto you. Imagine how you’d feel if you were in the other person’s shoes. Stand up for yourself, but try not to hurt people’s feelings.

*   2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life – Standards of behavior may be different in some areas of cyberspace, but they are not lower than in real life.

*   3: Know where you are in cyberspace – Spend a while listening to the chat or reading the archives. Get a sense of how the people who are already there act. Then go ahead and participate.

*   4: Respect other people’s time and bandwidth – When you send email or post to a discussion group, you’re taking up other people’s time. It’s your responsibility to ensure that the time they spend reading your posting isn’t wasted.

*   5: Make yourself look good online – Spelling and grammar do count. Know what you’re talking about and make sense. Bad information propagates like wildfire on the net.

*   6: Share expert knowledge – The Internet itself was founded and grew because scientists wanted to share information. Don’t be afraid to share what you know.

*   7: Help keep flame wars under control – “Flaming” is what people do when they express a strongly held opinion without holding back any emotion.

*   8: Respect other people’s privacy – You’d never dream of going through your colleagues’ desk drawers. So naturally you wouldn’t read their email either.

*   9: Don’t abuse your power – Some people in cyberspace have more power than others. Knowing more than others, or having more power than they do, does not give you the right to take advantage of them.

*   10: Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes – Everyone was a network newbie once. If you do decide to inform someone of a mistake, point it out politely, and preferably by private email rather than in public.

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