A short introduction to Net-Etiquette (Netiquette)

When using electronic communication, people tend to forget that they are talking/writing to real persons with real feelings. Also, the distance and anonymity of the net removes some inhibitions and results in behaviour, which they would not dream of if they meet someone personally. It is therefore necessary to set some rules for electronic communication, some obvious, some old, some because of special properties of the net and some completely new.

These rules may not be appropriate for every communication but you should think not twice but at least thrice about it before breaking one!


General rules

Be forgiving!


Rules regarding E-Mail


Rules regarding newsgroups/discussion boards


If you have any comments or additions to make, please don't hesitate to mail me!


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