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- Cyberspace, like the world around you, has its share of good, bad, and indifferent people. It's up to you where you choose to go on the web, but you have little control over those you share it with. Doing your part and remembering a few simple netiquette tips lets others know that you are net savvy and sets the stage for a pleasant experience.
- Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. It's a phrase most of us have heard since childhood and it is no less important on the web. If you want to be treated with respect and courtesy you need to treat those sharing the web with you in the same way you wish to be treated. Follow the same standards of behavior as you do in real life. If you are rude, arrogant or insulting, you can expect to be treated in a like manner.
- Keep your caps lock off. Typing a word or phrase in all upper-case letters is considered SHOUTING. People don't like to be shouted at regardless of where there are and it applies to your conversations with others in chat rooms or even in your email messages.
- Respecting the privacy of others is not to be taken lightly. Never give out anyone's phone number, personal information, or contact information (i.e.: instant message id or email address) unless you have their explicit consent to do so. If you aren't sure, don't do it. One of the fastest ways to destroy on online or offline friendship is to give out information about them that they may not want revealed.
- Email is not Snail mail but remembering their similarities and respecting their differences is important. When sending an email always use correct grammar and punctuation and proofread the content before sending. Spell-check software is helpful but may not always catch common typing or spelling errors. "Deliver on receipt" and "Deliver one receipt" contain no spelling errors, but have very different meanings. When sending large file attachments, compress or zip them whenever possible and never send a large file to someone if they aren't expecting it. Huge files can clog an inbox and might result in the recipient's email service rejecting important messages because the inbox is full. Don't say or send anything you may regret later, once you click the send button, the message is sent and you can't get it back.
- Read the FAQ's, which stand for Frequently Asked Questions, about a website or a chat area. The information provided can make your experience on their web space more pleasant by answering questions about the use and features. Read the privacy statement before providing any information about your self. Will they keep your information confidential or will they provide it to other companies who may use it to target you with emails or even sell it to others?
- Snooping is a good thing unless you are invading the privacy of others by doing it. When entering a chat area take a few minutes to become aware of what's being said and that it is appropriate for you to be there. If the chat is about Greek Mythology but you want to talk about shopping, another chat area may be more to your liking. Once you have determined it is where you want to be, join the conversation but don't try to dominate it.
- Put out the Flame. Posting or saying rude or unkind things about others is called flaming. Don't get the reputation of being a "flame
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