What is Netiquette? Basically, netiquette is etiquette for the virtual world. Basic netiquette provides guidelines that govern behavior when people communicate on the Internet. Netiquette covers not only rules of behavior during discussions, but also covers guidelines that reflect the unique nature of the medium. The following rules have been adapted from Virginia Shea’s book, The Core Rules of Netiquette: Please make every effort to abide by these rules. Rule #1 Remember the Human: When communicating electronically, whether through email, instant message, discussion posts, text, or some other method, practice the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Remember, your written words are read by real people, all deserving of respectful communication. Before you press “send”or “submit”, as yourself, “Would I be ok with this if someone else has written this?”Always identify yourself in online communication. Begin a message with a salutation and end with your name. If you’d like, use a signature, a footer with your identifying information, at the end of your message. Be sure to include a subject line with each communication that identifies the topic of the message, avoid using general subject lines like, “Hi”or “Need Help”. Rule #2 Adhere to the Same Standards of Behavior Online that You Follow in Real Life: While it can be argued that standards of behavior may be different in the virtual word, they certainly should not be lower than in the “real world.”You should do your best to act within the laws and ethical manners of society whenever you inhabit “cyberspace.”Would you behave rudely to someone face-to-face? On most occasions, the answer is probably, no. You should not behave this way in the virtual world.
Rule #3: Know Where You are in Cyberspace: Virginia Shea notes that “Netiquette varies from domain to domain”