What is Netiquette?

Netiquette is a shortened term for “Internet etiquette,” and just like other etiquette, it is a form of social behaviors specific to the online community considered to be normal and acceptable. Communicating your thoughts through the web is different than talking to someone face to face. Because the reader cannot see your facial expressions, body language, or hear your tone of voice, text is open to miscommunication and misunderstanding. Humor and sarcasm, for example, are not always easy to understand when reading a discussion online.

Key Points of Netiquette

  • Avoiding writing in all capital letters. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING.
  • Keep messages to the point and as short as possible (respect the reader’s time).
  • Think and reread before you post! Make sure what you’ve written makes sense (is clear and to the point).
  • Remember you are responsible for the content. What you write represents you, so use appropriate language.
  • Be respectful of the opinions of others. If you are offended by someone’s posting, contact your instructor or someone in the OID.
  • Don’t plagiarize online content. If you get your content from somewhere else, cite it.
  • Don’t abuse your online forum by posting spam (or emailing chain letters).

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