The major rules of Netiquette.
Do you always follow them in your cross-cultural communication? I suppose that it is needless to say what Netiquette is. It is popularly believed, that Netiquette is the etiquette of cyberspace, that is the world wide web’s culture. To the best of my knowledge, these are forms required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be required in all aspects of our social and official life. Thus, Netiquette is a cultural and consequently a cross-cultural phenomenon, when viewed in the aspect of communication with representatives of various nationalities, cultures & subcultures as well.In order to avoid conflict situations when holding an on-line conversation with foreigners, one should keep in mind some rules, which are of a great value for one, who is yearning to become a picture of cross-cultural competence within the WWW. By and large do unto other people as you’d have others do unto you. When being on the point of pressing the button and sending the message – think over such a detail – Would you say it to the person’s face?. If the answer is no – retype and reread.
Repeat the process till you feel sure that you’d feel as comfortable saying these words to the live person as you do sending them through cyberspace. Know where you are in the cyberspace. When you enter a domain of the cyberspace – look around, read archives and thus lurk before you leap.
Respect other people’s time and bandwidth. Mind people’s time they spend on reading your messages, so it wouldn’t be spent in vain. Make yourself look good on-line. Take advantage of your anonymity. Do your best to be a polite and easy-going interlocutor.
Know what you are talking about and make sense in order not to become a black sheep. Share expert knowledge. Never be afraid of sharing your own ideas and surveys – perhaps you are the next to be quoted and referred to? Help keep flame wars under control.
Keep your emotions under total control of yourself and overcome anger. Be tactful. Respect other people’s privacy. Do not read e’mails and archives of other people. Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes.
Each web user has ever been a newbie. Be tolerant and think positive.