What are some general Internet rules that I should follow?


General Rules of Netiquette:


The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like them to treat you.


1. In e-mail, newsgroups, and chat rooms:
Keep messages brief and use proper grammar and spelling.
Be careful when using sarcasm and humor, as it might be misinterpreted.
Be polite. Avoid offensive language.
Avoid sending “flames”, which are abusive or insulting messages. Do not participate in “flame wars”, which are exchanges of flames
Avoid sending spam, which is the Internet’s version of junk mail. Spam is an unsolicited e-mail message or newsgroup posting sent to many recipients or newsgroups at once.
Do not use all capitol letters which is the equivalent of SHOUTING!
Use emoticons to express emotion.
Use abbreviations and acronyms for phrases.
Clearly identify a “spoiler”, which is a message that reveals a solution to a game or ending of a movie or program.


2. Read the FAQ (frequently asked questions), if one exists. Many newsgroups and Web pages have an FAQ.


3. Do not assume material is accurate or up-to-date. Be forgiving of others’ mistakes.


4. Never read someone’s private e-mail.


These are just some of the rules of Netiquette. It is not a requirement that you follow them, but it’s a safe practice.

If anyone has anything to add, please don’t be afraid.