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  • What is Netiquette? The word itself is a combination of the words "Internet" and "etiquette." Netiquette is a set of expectations, sometimes stated and sometimes not, for how people interact in cyberspace. Always remember that you are talking to a real person. Respect that above all else, and we shouldn't have any problems in this course.

    Here are some other rules to remember:

    • Avoid talking in all CAPS. It means that you're shouting at someone!
    • The tone of your message is really important. If you think it might not be clear that you're joking, use an emoticon so no one gets offended. :)
    • Keep your messages to the point. If there's a lot of scrolling, people probably won't read and respond to your thoughts. We want to keep the discussion going but we don't want to turn people off with long diatribes.
    • Never write anything in the course that you wouldn't be comfortable printing in your local newspaper to be read by your friends and family.
    • If you get upset by a message, take a little break. Don't respond when you're angry. Take a little while to think about it first!
    • Always be polite. Remember, you're dealing with real people, not just words on a screen.

    If you'd like to know more about netiquette, follow this link for an in-depth look at the core rules and watch the video below.