WISE KIDS Guide to Net Etiquette
Net Etiquette are the rules that have developed as people
have begun to communicate and interact on the Internet. The following are some good net etiquette rules to follow:
Before you join in a newsgroup or discussion board,
always check that your questions are relevant to the group. It is a good
idea to watch the conversation (in internet jargon, this is called
"lurking"), before you join in. Most groups have an FAQ , (Frequently
Asked Questions) list, and if there is no standard message saying where
you might find this, then you can put a question to the group/list to ask
where you might be able to find an FAQ list.
Never respond to rude or threatening messages whether
in chat, newsgroups or message boards.
Always leave if the conversation makes you
Never engage in a flame war. That is a shouting match
(through text) conducted between 2 or more people.
Never send an email in capital letters. That is
considered to be shouting on the Internet.
Never say nasty or untrue things about others
especially in public forums, newsgroups, or chat. These remain in many
archives and you could be charged with libel.
Never forward personal emails sent to you to others
without checking with the original sender first.
Similarly, when forwarding an email to others, respect
the privacy of your group of friends or family. Do not publicly broadcast
all their email addresses. Learn to use the BCC command which keeps email
When composing emails, use the subject field, as it
helps the recipient to identify the email quicker.
When replying to emails, particularly if they are long
and detailed, it is courteous to not quote the entire message in reply,
but to quote only what is necessary. This saves on bandwidth. Sometimes
email threads can get very large! However there are many instances,
especially in a work environment when entire emails are used in replies,
and entire email discussion threads are kept. This are maintained as a
record of a work discussion, and often takes the place of normal paper
that the Internet is 'a real space', and email
gives you quick and direct access to many people that you would not have
similar access to before. People respond to using this space in different
ways. It is always courteous and considerate to reply to emails, even if
it is only to say that you will give a fuller response when you have more