Netiquette (Internet Etiquette) – How to behave online for a better online experience

Perhaps this term is not so famous amongst people. This is a ‘technical’ word not so used, you might ask, what is this?

Simple, it is formed from the terms Network Etiquette, an etiquette over the network. Generally the network referred to is the biggest network ever, the internet of course. It is a way of ‘manners’ on how to ‘behave’ online. It is a way of having rules online, basic things that can even come out from common sense, basic things such as, perhaps when you were young your parent used to tell you ‘use the fork, don’t eat with your hands’, that is a way of behaving while eating.

Now netiquette is basically the same basic things but obviously in a way on how to behave online. Rules may vary, for example now I’m writing this article, right, would you want to read this article in SMS language and full of acronyms, well I don’t think so. So that is a way of netiquette, but as said before not all rules apply at all circumstances, for example while on IRC, SMS language and acronyms are accepted on most Channels, so you see? The same rule is not accepted in one place but accepted into another.

While on forums, do you want someone to spam the forums with rubbish posts such as “Selling mobiles starting from $1, visit www…” with a huge font to ‘attract’ attention, well that too is a rule of Netiquette of no spamming. And back to IRC do you want a spammer saying the same sentence for like 50 times with copy/paste, and you end with a big lag? Well I don’t think so.

Now here are some rules for you, perhaps you will learn some ‘Netiquette’

Forum etiquette

  1. Certain rules of unspoken etiquette are recommended to be followed when using Internet forums.
  2. One should read all the rules and guidelines established by the community. One should always be courteous to other forum members.
  3. Before creating a new topic thread, one is advised to search to see if a similar topic already exists.
  4. Contributors should follow standard grammar and spelling rules and avoid slang. Leet speak is sometimes accepted.
  5. If the forum is categorized, one should strive to post in the correct section.
  6. Contributors are asked to stay on-topic.
  7. Contributors should avoid double posting and Cross posting.
  8. Contributors should avoid the use of all CAPITAL LETTERS in posts.
  9. When quoting a previous post, one should only include the relevant portion of that post.

E-mail etiquette

  1. Compared to Usenet, the smaller audience and more reliable delivery method means the flow of conversation is often clear.
  2. A business e-mail account should not be used for personal correspondence. If the original message was sent to multiple recipients, one should only reply to users for whom your message is pertinent.
  3. For mailing list administrators, including instructions for unsubscribing at the bottom of messages is considered good form.
  4. Uppercase letters imply shouting and may be considered rude.
  5. Subject lines are critical to proper email etiquette. A subject line should include a pertinent few words summarizing the subject of the email.
  6. When one replies to emails, they should always make certain the subject line of the email is still relevant to the reply.
  7. When one has not received a reply to a business email, it is customary to send an inquiry message within two to five business days if a reply is expected. Email content should be universally accessible.

IRC etiquette

  1. The etiquette established for IRC is similar to much of standard netiquette.
  2. It is polite to publicly request a private conversation first, for example.
  3. Flooding a channel with notifications of change of nickname, or other off-topic material, should be avoided since other participants generally find it annoying.
  4. Unless the rules of the channel state otherwise, advertising is unwelcome.