Rules of Netiquette

By Tim & Will

Identify yourself

  • Begin messages with a salutation and end them with your name.
  • Use a signature (a footer with your identifying information) at the end of a message.

Include a subject line

  • Give a descriptive phrase in the subject line of the message header that tells the topic of the message (not just "Hi, there!").

Avoid sarcasm

  • People who don't know you may misinterpret its meaning.

Respect others' privacy

  • Do not quote or forward personal email without the original author's permission.

Acknowledge and return messages promptly

  • Check your email often and immediately respond.

Copy with caution

  • Don't copy everyone you know on each message.

No spam (a.k.a. junk mail).

  • Don't contribute to worthless information on the Internet by sending or responding to mass postings of chain letters, rumors, etc.
  • Be concise. Keep messages concise—about one screen, as a rule of thumb.
  • Use appropriate language:
  • Avoid coarse, rough, or rude language.
  • Observe good grammar and spelling.

Use appropriate language

  • Avoid coarse, rough, or rude language.
  • Observe good grammar and spelling.

Use appropriate intensifiers to help convey meaning


  • Avoid "flaming" (online "screaming") or sentences typed in all caps.
  • Use asterisks surrounding words to indicate italics used for emphasis (*at last*).
  • Use words in brackets, such as (grin), to show a state of mind.
  • Use common acronyms (e.g., LOL for "laugh out loud").

Use appropriate emoticons (emotion icons) to help convey meaning

  • Use "smiley's" or punctuation such as :-) to convey emotions