Since more people are depending on the internet as their preferred form of communication, I’ve been wondering about rules of etiquette in cyberspace – “netiquette” if you please.
Since it’s so easy to be misunderstood or pop-off at someone in an instant without giving due thought, I began to investigate the rules of good behavior in cyberspace. When you enter any new culture — and cyberspace has its own culture — you’re liable to commit a few social blunders says Virginia Shea, the author of a great article you can read on-line.
You might offend people without meaning to. Or you might misunderstand what others say and take offense when it’s not intended that way at all. So, partly as a result of forgetting that people online are still real, and partly because they don’t know the conventions, well-meaning cybernauts, especially new ones, make all kinds of mistakes.
The list of core rules may be obtained at www.albion.com/netiquette/. They are offered as a set of general guidelines for cyberspace behavior. They won’t answer all your Netiquette questions. But they should give you some basic principles to use in solving your own Netiquette dilemmas.