Netiquette is Network or Internet Etiquette

It's a set of guidelines and practices created over time for guidance in communicating online.

See also Netiquette at LivingInternet


Remember We're All Human

It's easy to forget that there is a person behind the other computer. While on the Internet we can behave with the same ethics and standards of behavior that we do offline. We don't see facial expressions or gestures or hear the tone of voice, so we need to focus on communicating well. Apply the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would want them treat you.Bottom line: be respectful, professional, and careful about what you say and how you say it

Be Aware of the Image You are Projecting Online

Spelling and grammar will impact your image. Txt abbrevs R OK 4 ur BFF, but AFAIK, your Instructor will not appreciate them. This is no AFJ (April Fools Joke).

KISS - Keep It Simple, Students. Use clear writing and good form. And remember to use your Spell and Grammar Checker.

Respect Other People's Time

Keep communication short and to the point. Stay on topic.

Make Yourself Look Good

Since your words are the only way that people can get to know you on the Internet, be on your best behavior.

No Flame Wars

Flaming or bashing is defined as an online exchange that becomes nasty, insulting, or derisive. Use Netiquette rules to avoid damage caused in exchanges that become flame wars. Know your community, think about your posts, don't respond too quickly, clear up mistakes. Avoid things that could be considered improper conduct, such as an angry tone or all caps.

Let the Subject Line Work for You

Use a meaningful and concise subject line so your Instructor and classmates will have a clear idea of your topic and ideas.

Be Forgiving

When someone makes a mistake -- whether it's a spelling error, a so-called stupid question (there may not really be stupid questions), or an unnecessarily long answer -- be kind about it. If you decide to inform someone of a mistake, point it out politely, and preferably by private email rather than in public.


Internet or email messages written in all caps are generally seen as SHOUTING, and that's considered just plain rude.

Judicious capitalization to highlight an important point or to distinguish a _Title_ or *Heading* is acceptable. Or use the underline and * symbol to set them apart.

Don't share copyright protected materials Most things on the Internet are NOT free to share, copy, distribute, or plagiarize (but that's another issue). Do a search for Fair Use Guidelines, or just click that link to see what says. Be honest and follow academic guidelines.

Be Careful with Sarcasm and Humor

Without face-to-face contact, your comments or jokes may be considered as unnecessary criticism and lead to serious misunderstandings.

Be Aware of Potential Compatibility Issues

Electronic files attached to a message or uploaded as an assignment need to be in a format that the receiver can open. Verify you have the correct software on your computer and use Save As or Share when needed to create a file for someone.

Be Aware of Cultural and Language Differences

What means one thing to you may mean something completely different in a different culture. Be sensitive to all people.

Respect other People's Privacy

Don't send commercial advertisements or SPAM to your classmates or instructors. Not only is it rude, it can result in adverse reactions.

Bb 11/17