Rules Of Netiquette

  1. What is Netiquette? Simply stated, it's network etiquette -- that is, the etiquette of cyberspace. And "etiquette" means "the forms required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be required in social or official life." In other words, Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online.

    When you enter any new culture -- and cyberspace has its own culture -- you're liable to commit a few social blunders. You might offend people without meaning to. Or you might misunderstand what others say and take offense when it's not intended. To make matters worse, something about cyberspace makes it easy to forget that you're interacting with other real people -- not just ASCII characters on a screen, but live human characters.

    So, partly as a result of forgetting that people online are still real, and partly because they don't know the conventions, well-meaning cybernauts, especially new ones, make all kinds of mistakes.
    Rule 1: Remember the person on the other end is human
    Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
    Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
    Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
    Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
    Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
    Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
    Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
    Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
    Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   micro
    ditto and great words, betts......of course you always have great words betts.............

    you all listening............and learning

    I am.........oh, that is right I am the only one here that need a lesson......................

    yaaaaaaah! right.................

    like sending this out cyperspace highways...........................
  4. by   betts
    Rule 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.

    In cyberspace, we state this in an even more basic manner: Remember the human.

    When you communicate electronically, all you see is a computer screen. You don't have the opportunity to use facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice to communicate your meaning; words -- lonely written words -- are all you've got. And that goes for your correspondent as well.

    When you're holding a conversation online -- whether it's an email exchange or a response to a discussion group posting -- it's easy to misinterpret your correspondent's meaning. And it's frighteningly easy to forget that your correspondent is a person with feelings more or less like your own.

    It's ironic, really. Computer networks bring people together who'd otherwise never meet. But the impersonality of the medium changes that meeting to something less -- well, less personal. Humans exchanging email often behave the way some people behind the wheel of a car do: They curse at other drivers, make obscene gestures, and generally behave like savages. Most of them would never act that way at work or at home. But the interposition of the machine seems to make it acceptable.

    The message of Netiquette is that it's not acceptable. Yes, use your network connections to express yourself freely, explore strange new worlds, and boldly go where you've never gone before. But remember the Prime Directive of Netiquette: Those are real people out there.
  5. by   night owl
    Thanks Betts and Micro for reminding me to bite my fingers when I need to!
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Is there any restrictions on thoughts? Should a person not think too much on line? You know, if you think of something new, people will bash you for thinking. Is there any unmentioned rule that says you should inhibit your thoughts, in consideration of all the people who may read your thoughts online.
  7. by   Zhakrin
    Think what you want, just remember that you do not always have to type it.

    Having no ability to censor your thoughts or having absolutely no concern that others may be hurt by your choice of words is a condition best decribed by the DSM-IV.
  8. by   betts
    Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
    In real life, most people are fairly law-abiding, either by disposition or because we're afraid of getting caught. In cyberspace, the chances of getting caught sometimes seem slim. And, perhaps because people sometimes forget that there's a human being on the other side of the computer, some people think that a lower standard of ethics or personal behavior is acceptable in cyberspace.

    The confusion may be understandable, but these people are mistaken. Standards of behavior may be different in some areas of cyberspace, but they are not lower than in real life.

    Be ethical
  9. by   micro
    Zhrakin............the DSMIV of which I remember an instructor and a physician say that every human could be diagnosed out least one............

    very true statement though.........just cause you think it doesn't mean you have to say or type it.........
    like I got reminded of last night and this morning........gee, duh.....micro goes and sits in the corner

    respecting others time and bandwith

    quit causing the flames and keeping them down.....

    be easy and forgive the human on the other side of the screen imperfections..........

    this is truly a very cool medium that we have and a very very bb