If you are courteous off-line then behaving the same way online is not problematic, because online courtesy is primarily a matter of common sense, and thinking twice before you post. There are some extras that are specific to online communication but they are easily learned. If you are new to blogging and are not aware of Netiquette, then you may want to consult Netiquette Guidelines.
Netiquette began before the 1991 start of the World Wide Web. Text-based email, Telnet, Usenet, Gopher, Wais, and FTP from educational and research bodies dominated Internet traffic. At that time, it was considered somewhat indecent to make commercial public postings, and the limitations of insecure, text-only communications demanded that the community have a common set of rules. The term “netiquette” has been in use since at least 1983, as evidenced by posts of the satirical “Dear Emily” Postnews column. — Wikipedia
I discovered a 2 minute and 39 second long video that summarizes the basics so I’m posting it today. I do have many things to say on this issue but I will wait for readers to comment before I share them.
- Lurk before you join any online group, forum, social media site, or social networking site. This will provide you with an opportunity to determine whether or not there is any value for you in joining.
- Read the FAQs and all sticky posts and policies before your join an online group. After you join consult them and do searches before posting.
- When posting to support forums do not:
- fail to search support documentation, FAQs, and policies prior to posting.
- use non-descriptive titles like “help!” when posting forum threads.
- post off-topic pleas for help into existing threads AKA thread-jacking.
- fail to post a link to the article, image, page or post you refer to.
- fail to provide a detailed description of what you did and what happened when you did it.
- post an email address in a form spam bots can crawl.
- use all capital letters.
- use no capital letters.
- use excessive punctuation (!!!! ????)
- use text speak.
- use profanity.
- expect instant answers to your questions and bump your own threads or start duplicate threads when you don’t get instant answers.
- expect emotional support.
- post personal attacks.
- fail to thank those who helped you solve your problem.
How to Follow Proper Netiquette Rules
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How to Become a Better Blogger 2: Online Privacy
How to Become a Better Blogger 5: Your Online Presence
Blogging: Online presence and authenticity
Libel: Blogging Rights and Wrongs