Here is a short guide to "good manners" in communicating via
the Internet. Following these simple rules prevents misunderstandings
and shows consideration.
- Focus on one subject per message and use pertinent subject
- Capitalize words only to highlight a point or for titles --
capitalizing otherwise is generally viewed as SHOUTING! If you want
to emphasize a word, put asterisks on either side (Like *this*).
- Be professional and considerate with your online interaction.
- In news groups or bulletin boards, when posting a long message, it
is generally considered courteous to warn readers at the beginning
of the message that it is a lengthy post.
- It is considered extremely rude to forward someone elses
messages without their permission.
- It is fine to use humor, but use it carefully. The absence
of face-to-face cues can cause humor to be misinterpreted as
criticism or flaming (angry, antagonistic criticism). Feel free to use
emoticons such as :-) (smiley face -- look sideways) or ;) (playful
wink) to let others know that youre being humorous.
(The above netiquette suggestions are adapted from Palloff
and Pratt, Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace, Jossey-Bass
Summary with links to more
These Core Rules of Netiquette are excerpted from the book Netiquette
by Virginia Shea. Click on each rule for elaboration. ©Albion.com