NeTiQuEtTe for the SOUL

Learner Description: The netiquette rules presented on this page are written for online adult learners entering their first program of online instruction. The rules may be applied in e-mails and discussion boards.
Define Netiquette.

It is network etiquette. It’s basically a set of rules to help with your electronic correspondence whether it is in the classroom, emails or discussion board. By following the rules, it will help eliminate any misguided correspondence you may have. If not followed correctly, there is sure to be a misinterpreted message.

Rules to Live by while on the NET

  • Read carefully what you receive to make sure that you understand the message.
  • Read carefully what you send, to make sure that your message will not be misunderstood.
  • If you are using humor or sarcasm, make sure to clearly label it as such. Humor on this list should be indicated by an emoticon. For example: 8) :-) :-). Well-intended sarcasm is seldom effective online.
  • Remember that the absence of cues associated with face-to-face communication provides for an environment where it's easy to misunderstand what is being said.
  • Know your audience. Make sure that the person, or list of people, you are sending your message to is the appropriate one(s) with whom to communicate.
  • Be tolerant of newcomers. None of us were born knowing all.
  • Do not abuse new users of computer networks for their lack of knowledge. Be patient as they first learn to crawl, then walk.
  • Avoid cluttering your messages with excessive emphasis (such as stars, arrows and the like). It may make the message hard to follow.
  • Be specific, especially when asking questions.
  • Always, always put your name in the text of your message, and also your best Email address for a reply. The end of the message is a good place for your name and Email address.
  • If your messages can be typed in UPPER and lower case, please use the two appropriately instead of all UPPERCASE characters. All caps gives the appearance of shouting and makes the message less readable.
  • Remember that not all readers have English as their native language, so make allowance for possible misunderstandings and unintended discourtesies.
  • Don't start a ''flame war'' unless you're willing to take the heat. Just as you shouldn't drive when you are angry, you should not send e-mail responses when you are mad at someone. Go ahead and type a response, but do not mail it until the next day. Chances are that when you come back later to read your response, you'll be glad that you did not send it.

To the Point!

  1. Read Carefully.
  2. Be patient.
  3. Use ALL CAPS carefully.
  4. Always include your name in your correspondance.
  5. Don't start a flame war.
  6. Read before Send.