Examples of Good Netiquettes
Good netiquette benefits both you and others on the internet. Posting positivity rather than negativity can make someone’s day.
Here are some samples of good netiquette you can practice and think every time you are using the internet.
- 1 Do fact check
- 2 Never spam
- 3 Think before you click
- 4 Be your awesome self
- 5 No texting while driving
- 6 No flaming
- 7 Be constructive with your criticism
- 8 Be courteous
- 9 Be a good netizen
- 10 Avoid venting, ranting or using hate speech
- 11 Don’t be mean or obscene
- 12 Do not post malicious content
- 13 Don’t be creepy
- 14 Don’t upload content that is illegal or prohibited
- 15 Know your acronyms
- 16 Do not type ALL CAPS.
- 17 Don’t share secrets online
- 18 Beware of copyrights
- 19 Respect people’s privacy
Do fact check
Be aware of the facts before posting information. Do not spread rumors since you can get into legal trouble.
Do not send large amounts of unsolicited email. This could lead to your account being blocked.
Think before you click
Think 100 times before you post, comment, or send something. If your emails are worth forwarding, they are worth sending. Don’t send an email when you are upset. When in doubt, don’t. Try to cool down first and check it the next day when your head’s cooler. Proof-read your emails, comments, or posts for punctuation and accuracy, as you can’t take them back when someone already read them.
Be your awesome self
People will respect and trust you more, engage with you more often, and treat you like a real person if you use your name—not necessarily your full name, something more serious than CutieBunnyFace21.
No texting while driving
It’s illegal in some countries to use your phone while driving. Aside from being illegal, it’s also dangerous. Remember, there is no text worth dying for, even if it’s from your crush.
Avoid posting or sending offensive/controversial messages over the internet. This could lead to the trading of insults between members.
Be constructive with your criticism
Professional critics have something to teach us: They foster healthy discussion and debate without ever attacking people personally. Think about that when responding to others, and ask yourself these questions: Would you say it to their face? What will you feel if someone said it to you instead? Instead of saying “your work sucks”, it could be nicer if you say, “I love the effort you put in, however, you can still improve it.” And tell them how they can improve their works. Of course, since you’re commenting on their work, it means you are someone knowledgeable on it, or else your comment will be uncalled for.
The internet is a diverse community of people with varied opinions. It is up to each of us to be polite and to treat one another with respect. Be sensitive to the fact that there will be cultural and linguistic backgrounds, as well as different political and religious beliefs, plus just differences in general.
Be a good netizen
If you see great content, you can comment on something nice about it. Give it a thumbs up or stars. If you see spam or abuse, report it.
Avoid venting, ranting or using hate speech
Public forums aren’t your diary to vent your problems or issues (except if it is a forum intended for that.)
Don’t be mean or obscene
There are children using the internet. If the forum or website is intended for the general audience, please don’t post any sexually explicit or vulgar content. Be nice not to post pugnaciousness, insults, slurs, and generally offensive speech. If you couldn’t say it in public, don’t post it.
Do not post malicious content
Don’t post links to sites that contain viruses or malicious programs. Just…don’t.
Don’t be creepy
You know the guy. Don’t be ‘that’ guy. Don’t harass, abuse, impersonate, or intimidate others.
Don’t upload content that is illegal or prohibited
This includes but is not limited to drug use, bestiality, and terrorism. Law enforcement might interfere.
Know your acronyms
Be careful when using acronyms. Be sure to know their meaning before using them. If you use an acronym, it is best to spell out its meaning first, then put the acronym in parentheses afterward to avoid misunderstandings.
Do not type ALL CAPS.
All caps mean you are yelling, if you don’t mean to shout or anything, it still means yelling to others.
If you don’t personally know who you are talking to, don’t share your secrets. This includes passwords and personal information, as well.
Beware of copyrights
Do not download files, music, movies illegally. Do not steal or copy on blogs, ebooks, or anything that is published online without asking for their permission or crediting them.
Respect people’s privacy
It is deemed bad netiquette to share any information about someone else online without permission to do so. Even if they share that information themselves, you should always check. Not only is it considered as bad netiquette, but it could also be considered doxing.
The way we perceive people on the internet is very different from the way we see people in real life. In real life, a person is someone who looks like this, talks like that, there are stereotypes on someone by the way they look, they talk, or the sound.
Netiquette is how you behave digitally and how your demeanor affects you across social and digital channels. With the increased usage of the internet, netiquette is important owing to challenges around privacy, safety, addiction, etc.
Be sure to take note of these good netiquettes.