Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Netiquette

Following my previous posting... while there's no exemption from thoughtful composition on the Internet, some of the communications methods available online do entail different writing conventions than straight exposition in order to be effective.

These conventions generally fall into the category of formatting, such as quoting of text from messages one is responding to, trimming excess quotes, how to properly intersperse comments amongst quotes, various ways of indicating emphasis, conveying emotions and body language through emoticons and abbreviations, and so on.

These conventions have come to be known at netiquette. Below you will find several guides to netiquette:

http://www.dtcc.edu/cs/rfc1855.html
http://www.albion.com/netiquette/
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/html/09netiqt.htm
http://www.netmanners.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netiquette

Don't dismiss the importance of proper netiquette! Just as people may dismiss your writings due to poor grammar and spelling, failure to follow proper netiquette will lead to your online writings being dismissed if you present yourself like a complete newbie.

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