or Net etiquette, has become an essential part of communicating over the
Internet. All to often people forget that they are, in fact, communicating
with other people and not just some remote computer. A standardized set of
rules--known as netiquette--has been developed to aid in human-to-human
communication using simple text via a computer. Additionally, with the
clever use of text characters, a general set of emotion-expressing icons
and acronyms has been developed to further aid online communication. A
list of the core rules of netiquette can be found at www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
The Computer Ethics Institute outlines its “Ten Commandments for
Computer Ethics” at this
E-mail Netiquette Following
proper e-mail netiquette not only aids in concise information exchange but
it can also help you avoid e-mail server congestion and breakdown. For
advice on how to handle attachments, how to use threads, and how to use
proper formatting, go to www.writerswrite.com.
This site provides concise guidelines for good general e-mail behavior.
For those in the business world, the site www.bspage.com/1netiq/Netiq.html
offers in-depth information about international business e-mail
netiquette. Here you’ll find topics such as creating proper letterheads,
correct grammar and punctuation, and the use of titles, to name a few.
gives a glossary of e-mail terminology, which is handy for a better
understanding of the e-mail process. Finally, netiquette guidelines
written specifically for children are provided at www.bpl.org/kids/Netiquette.htm.
This site has useful advice about politeness and respect.
Smileys and Web
Acronyms Smileys, emoticons, symbols, and acronyms are all ways of
expressing emotion and common ideas within the boundaries of text-only
communication. Smileys and emoticons are symbols used to convey emotion,
often in ingenious ways. See www.muller-godschalk.com
for user-updated lists of emoticons
with their intended meanings. A list of common Web acronyms used for chat
groups, newsgroups, and e-mail can be found at http://silmaril.ie/cgi-bin/uncgi/acronyms.
Here you will also find some interesting, and even useful ways to
abbreviate common responses.
Newsgroup and Chat
Netiquette Newsgroups, chat rooms, and discussion groups are all
public forums with many different people and just as many differing
opinions. Here, maybe more than anywhere else on the Internet, it is most
important to observe good netiquette. The Web pages at www.smartcomputing.com
offer netiquette advice for using groups and chat. They point out to the
reader that each group might have their own quirks and customs among