Netiquette (network + etiquette)


This term orginates from the early 1980s. It is unclear as to where it exactly was created. According to answers.com netiquette is: "a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over networks, ranging from Usenet and mailing lists to blogs and forums.” It is important to keep in mind that netiquette differs between communities.
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The Rules of Netiquette

Usenet and Mailing Lists:
— The most important rule of netiquette is
"Think before you post"
— Re-read and edit your posting carefully before you post. Check the spelling and grammar.
— When posting humorous or sarcastic comments, it is conventional to append a smiley, but don't overuse them.
Be proud of your postings but don't post just to see your name in pixels. Remember: your future employer may be reading.
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Email and Messaging:
— Some Usenet guidelines call for use of unabbreviated Englishwhile users of instant messaging protocols like SMS occasionally encourage just the opposite, bolstering use of SMS language. (i.e., LOL, JK, OMG…)However, many other online communities frown upon this practice.
— Don’t misuse the "reply to all”
— Limit forwards
— Another rule is to avoid typing in ALL CAPS or grossly enlarging script for emphasis, which is considered to be the equivalent of shouting or yelling.
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Office worker sacked for writing emails in block capitals”
Follow the links below for information about an accountant that was actually fired because she sent out emails in all caps. Her colleagues thought she was too aggressive! However, after this lady was fired she won her case because her employer did not have an etiquette style form book outlining rules for employees.
Read more *http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6120532/Office-worker-sacked-for-writing-emails-in-block-capitals.html and http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10594014

Final Thoughts:
We depend on technology to exchange information and build our social contacts. But we never want these conveniences to replace our face-to-face relationships.
-“The Netiquette Edge” Learning Zone Xpress
I’ve included this quote because I think it’s important to teach our students that there is another person on the other end of that email, or real people that will view that blog posting…we should never lose sight of the fact that our words and actions have effects even if they are often shielded by our computers… We should keep our value on face to face relationships by showing respect online too!