Here are a few useful pointers if you are going to use
newgroups, sign up for mailing lists, or visit chat rooms.
Keep your voice down -
Using capital letters on the Internet is equivalent to screaming.
Instead, use asteriks aroung the text to be emphasized.
Be succinct -
Keep it short. Use net abbreviations whenever possible
Don't post ads, chain letters, or business offers - unless the
group or bulletin board was created for that purpose.
Stick to the topic - When entering an ongoing discusion, don't
change the subject.
Request Forum and Newsgroup norms and mores - Observe before you
participate. Make sure you've read the FAQ file before posting
Respect your elders - Make sure you know who a newsgroup and forum's
luminaries or elder statespersons are and show some respect for
Know your audience - Don't betray confidences or make offical
pronouncements (unless it's your place to do so). Pay attention
to who will see your message.
Avoid sarcasm and subtleties - They can be easily misunderstood
in cyberspace; use emoticons instead ;-)
Keep it simple - Take responsibility if your are misunderstood;
apologize and then restate your message clearly.
Avoid evangelism - Don't use Forums or Newsgroups as a personal
The Internet crosses national boundaries - Keep in mind that values
vary from nation to nation arond the world.
Promote your email address (caution: this may lead to extra junk
email in your inbox)
Standard marketing methods may be utilized to point web surfers
to your email ISP account such as:
- Business Card
- Press Releases
- Public Service Announcements (print, radio, television)
- Yellow Page Ads
- Newspaper articles and ads
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