Netiquette

Do's & Don'ts

Definition


net·i·quette

[net-i-kit, ‐ket] Show IPA



noun

the rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, especially the Internet.

Do's

Things to Remember

1. Be thoughtful in your writings - would you want them to be on the front page of the newspaper? Before you make an emotional, outrageous, or sarcastic remark on-line, think about whether or not you would care if it was seen in your local newspaper.


2. Be honest. If you agree with a classmate, let them know. Also, let them know if you don't agree - and let them know why. When you disagree politely, you stimulate and encourage great discussion.


3. Avoid negativity. You can disagree. You should disagree. You can challenge ideas and the course content, but avoid becoming negative online. It will impact you negatively, hinder the class discussion, and may give the wrong impression of you to others.


4. Be polite, understate rather than overstate your point, and use positive language. Using bold, frank, overstated language conveys an emotional aggressiveness that hinders your message.


5. Be a contributing member to the community - offer your opinion and insight in discussions to help others learn.

Don't

1. Don't get upset. If you read a comment or assignment that upsets you, take a few breaths and step away from your computer if need be.


2. Avoid negativity. You can disagree. You should disagree. You can challenge ideas and the course content, but avoid becoming negative online. It will impact you negatively, hinder the class discussion, and may give the wrong impression of you to others.


3. Watch your language. No flaming, all caps, or !!!!, or ????


4. Don't disrupt. If there is a dialogue or train of thought going on, join in, add to it, but, if you have something entirely different to bring up, wait or post it in another thread.


5. Don't use acronyms - make sure everyone knows what you are talking about.