Netiquettes (net i kets) n. - the conventional rules for correct behavior on the Internet. Those techniques for using the Internet that are considered appropriate to the majority of Internet users.
Network Etiquettes - Netiquettes.
Originally, the people using the Internet had "grown up" with it and thus were technically minded along with having a good understanding of it's culture. Today, most of the Internet users are new to it and are unfamiliar with it's customs and culture. It should also be understood that no matter who supplies them with their Internet accesss, whether it is an Internet Service Provider or an account through a corporation, that these organizations have regulations about ownership of mail and files, including what is proper to post or send, and how to present yourself. Everyone should check with the local authority for specific guidelines.
Basic guidelines for E-mail.
- If you do not have your own Internet account with a commercial Internet Provider, be sure to determine ownership of all electronic mail. The laws vary from place to place.
- Always assume that mail on the Internet is not secure. As a result, think of E-mail the same way that you do about postcard messages.
- Respect the copywrite on material that you reproduce.
- If you are forwarding or re-posting a message, do not change the wording. Do not re-post a personal message to a group without first asking for permission.
- Never send chain letters and immediately notify you local system administrator if you ever receive one.
- Rule of thumb: Be conservative in what you send and liberal in what you receive.
- Many mailers strip header information which includes the return address. It is a good practice to include a signature file at the end of each E-mail message.
- Always know to whom you are sending the message. Some addresses may look like it is just one person, but you could be sending to a group.
- Keep in mind that people you are E-mailing a message to may be half way around the globe when you send the message. Give them a chance to answer it before assuming that they didn't receive it or that they don't care to answer it.
- UPPER CASE LOOKS AS IF YOU'RE SHOUTING.
- Use smileys to indicate tone of voice, but use them sparingly.
- Limit line length to fewer than 65 characters and end a line with a carriage return.
- Be brief without being terse.
- Always include an appropriate subject header in each message.
- If you include a signature, keep it short, ideally 4 lines or less.