Netiquette – the set of rules one follows when behaving properly online.

Top Ten Rules for Computer Use

  1. Respect others. Always remember, you are talking to real people out there. Before posting anything, ask yourself: Would I say this to the person’s face?
  2. Follow the same polite and ethical standards of behavior online as you do in real life. Do to others, as you would have them do to you.
  3. Respect people’s time and space when posting.
  4. Take advantage of your anonymity.
  5. You will be judged only by the quality of your writing, not your color, gender, hair, eyes, weight, etc. Therefore, do a great job in your writing—spelling and grammar do count.
  6. Share your knowledge. It’s fun and makes the world a better place.
  7. Respect other people’s privacy. Never snoop in or interfere with anyone’s computer files.
  8. Never harm anyone’s work, files, or reputation.
  9. Never steal anyone’s work. Give credit where credit is due. Don’t cut-and-paste from Wikipedia or anywhere without directly quoting the source. (See how I cited my source below.)
  10. Be forgiving of others’ online mistakes.

Adapted from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea by