Netiquette is short for network etiquette or internet etiquette. Netiquette can be simply defined as the practice of good conduct or the acceptable way of communicating on the Internet. It is a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction on the network. This type of etiquette covers not only ways to maintain courtesy in online discussions, but also unique guidelines for using social media and emails. Simply put, the network tag is a tag for the Internet. Netiquette is the practice of good behavior: being respectful and helpful, being disciplined and non-aggressive, and taking into account the fact that other Internet users may not have the same opinion as you on some topics. This online code of conduct is very important because there is no body language or facial expression that helps us understand another person, as in face-to-face meetings.
The history of netiquette dates back to the early days of the Internet. One man came up with the idea of trying to be nice to people on the internet because they couldn’t see his facial expressions. Since the network etiquette is a network etiquette, Internet users should follow the tips or rules that will help them to better connect and communicate with others. The best way to stand out anywhere is to know the rules that govern that place. To be a respectful person who respects others on the Internet, I want to share with you some tips that will help you communicate correctly on the Internet and not break the rules.
• Be honest
Phishing or trying to mislead people online will not only tarnish your reputation, but can also cause you big problems. Honesty is a way of life and should not be overlooked when using the Internet. Give up scamming and spamming people!
• Obey copyright laws
Great things abound online, information for everyone on just about any topic. However, some of these materials are licensed and copyrighted. Using someone’s work without permission or claiming it as your own can lead to lawsuits and fines.
• Do not write all capital letters
This irritates the eyes and sometimes makes people feel like you are yelling at them. It’s okay to capitalize to highlight some words, but don’t do this all the time for every word.
• Use proper spelling and grammar
Good spelling is not always easy, and no one is above mistakes. Minimize error in your writing. Typographical, grammar and spelling errors can be annoying to your readers and this causes embarrassment to you as a writer. Using a browser with a built-in spell checker can save you time and energy. Be careful not to use too much jargon in your writing.
• Observe the golden rule
Respect is reciprocal; This truth is old, but it is good. Treat others the way you want to be treated. This rule will help you excel both online and offline.
Netiquette demands that you avoid fiery wars and never spam people. Know that other Internet users come from different schools of thought, be careful not to disturb people online. Diligent observance of these rules and tips listed above will help you and other users have a wonderful online experience.
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