For example sarcasm is harder to detect when you read

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meaning across. For example, sarcasm is harder to detect when you read the words rather than hearing them. This can be especially problematic for students whose first language is not English. Use a descriptive subject line that help the readers catch the key concepts that you are posting. Be forgiving. If someone states something that you find offensive, mention this directly to that person and notify our system administrators. Remember that the person contributing to the discussion might be new to this form of communication. Think before you hit the send button. Think carefully about the content of your messages and posts before contributing them. Once sent to the group or the recipient, there is no taking it back. Grammar and spelling errors reflect on you, and your audience might not be able to decode misspelled words or poorly constructed sentences. Brevity is best. Be as concise as possible. Your points might me missed if hidden in a flood of text. Stick to the point. Contributions to a discussion should stick to the subject matter being discussed. Don’t waste others' time by going off on irrelevant tangents. Do not type in all caps. Typing in caps is considered shouting or screaming online. Various studies on the topic reflect that it is more difficult and takes longer to read text that is typed in all caps. Use emotion symbols to indicate the tone of voice. Since it is difficult to express the tone of a written message, emotion symbols give your message a social touch. Acronyms Emoticons FYI = for your information :-) = smiley face: happiness, pleasure B/C = because :-( = frowning face: displeasure W/ = with ;-) = wink BTW = by the way :-0 = shock, surprise F2F = face to face :-/ = skepticism, unease, apologetic
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A useful site for online etiquette can be found at Improper use of online communication will result in 0 points for that discussion board grade.
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  • Fall '07
  • Williams
  • Writing, Descriptive subject line, discussion board grade, emotion symbols

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