The Code of Conduct for the Internet
[ by Jason ]
Table of Contents
Rule 1. We are all human,
even on the internet.
Rule 2. Follow the same rules online that you would
in real life.
Rule 3. Remember where you are when you are online.
Rule 4. Have respect for others when you are online.
Just like in the real world where people
interact face to face or via telephone, netiquette and protocol must be acknowledged.
The internet is one of the most ambigious forms of communication due to the
way one can convey information to another person. This is why "Netiquette"
was created. It is basically some guidelines of normative behavior for the internet.
Awareness of these rules will help you communicate and interact with others
with out any kind of problems or misunderstandings.
THE CORE RULES OF NETIQUETTE
The following rules are some of the most basic
to follow. Check them out.
Rule 1. We are all human, even on the
Never forget that the person reading your mail
or posting is, indeed, a person, with feelings that can be hurt. Here are some
key points to keep in mind:
- It's not nice to hurt other people's feelings.
Who are you trying to prove anything to? Just keep offensive comments to yourself
and try to be constructive.
- Never type a whole message in caps, whethere
its an instant message, a reply to a post in a message board, or in an email.
writing a whole message in caps means that one is yelling (unless you do not
mean it that way). If you do not mean it to come across that way, make sure
you tell people you are not yelling. Remember, people can not tell what mood
you are in by just typing something (unless you are using a webcam and microphone
of course...). So please please please do not use caps to write messages.
- Never mail or post anything you wouldn't say
to your reader's face. The internet is not a place to find or pick a fight.
There are people out there with the same intentions you have of just researching
and just finding useful information and that is all. No need to start any
trouble. Please ;]
- Notify your readers when flaming. For those
of you who do not know what flaming is, here is the basic definition. Flaming
is when a person or group of people decide to express their negativity about
a certain situation, maybe a world event or something. The reason one is told
to notify people when doing this is because some people may not know you are
flaming. I mean, this is the internet. It's not like you have the person sitting
in front of you where you can look at their face and tell they are mad or
annoyed about something. So please, let people know that the post or message
you are about to post is of this kind. On a side note, flaming can also be
toward people. It can be toward their beliefs, comments they may have made,
ideas, etc. Please do not do this kind of flaming. Again, we are trying to
eliminate unneccessary confrontations on the internet.
Rule 2. Follow the same rules online
that you would in real life.
- Be ethical and do not jump to conclusions.
People who surf the internet come from many different places around the world
and have different views on things. Be open to listening to others and what
they have to say. This is the internet, try to learn something new :]
- Breaking the law is bad Netiquette. Enough
Rule 3. Remember where you are when you
- Netiquette varies from place to place. Not
everyone follows the same rules. So always try to keep an open mind and if
needed, make constructive criticisms, not negative ones.
- Lurk (anonymously observe) before you leap.
If you happen to jump into a chatroom or forum, do not post any comments right
away. Try to read and catch up to what is going on and observe what people
are saying. After you feel comfortable and think you are ready to add useful
information/comments to the conversation, do so. Posting prematurely may lead
to flaming (because you are trying to get into something when in reality,
you do not know what is going on)
Rule 4. Have respect for others when
you are online.
- It's OK to think that what you're doing at
the moment is the most important thing in the universe, but don't expect anyone
else to agree with you.
- Post messages to the appropriate discussion
group. If you cannot find one and you have a feeling that you MUST post it,
then make sure you label the subject of your message as off topic so people
know it does not pertain to their current conversations.
- Try not to ask stupid questions on discussion
groups. If it is a simple question that can be answered simply by going to
google, do not post it. On the other hand,
if it is more an opinion type question, that may be different. Make sure you
let people know you are just looking for an opinion or second though on an
idea and I am sure people will be glad to help out with that.
- Read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
document. About 90% of the time, all questions you can think of will be answered
in this section of any website. Even if you do not think they will have it
there, check anyway. It has happened to me and to my surprise, the question
I was thinking of was answered in that section. Just make sure you go through
it all the way because some FAQ's online are very big.
- When appropriate, use private email instead
of posting to the group. If there is something you need to ask or comment
on but feel it is unappropriate or unneccesary to post for others to see,
email the individual. I am sure they would also appreciate this gesture.
I hope this helps in making anyone who has read
this more aware of how and what to do when communicating and interacting with
The preceding was just my own views and opinions when addressing
netiquette. There are different versions of these rules out there but these
are the ones that I feel are the most important to me from my ten years of experience
of being online. If you disagree with anything I have said here, that is ok.
If you have any questions or comments
about anything I have said here, just email me and I will be glad to respond
and help you out.
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