A person does not dress the same way to go to an informal barbecue at his neighbor’s house than to attend a reception with foreign diplomats. Thus, in a social gathering , we must take into account when we talk to a person from Western or Middle Eastern culture, as any kind of gesture or something said can be inconvenient without realizing it. Netiquette
Knowing how to behave, dress and even do or not do something at some point is called etiquette. The internet also has its own etiquette, so its rules of social behavior are called netiquette, that is, the etiquette of the internet.
The netiquette was created by the Internet users themselves through the need to avoid misunderstandings between people who communicate in a distant way and who, eventually, may belong to different cultures
In addition to establishing formal procedures, they are also present in “real world” meetings and discussions. Netiquette is increasingly unknown by Internet users because of the massification of the Internet and the entry of people with little technological culture compared to the pioneers. Netiquette
This is not so bad, or at least it wouldn’t be if all internet users knew how to behave, but unfortunately this is not the case.
In the early or mid-nineties, when there was a massive entry of the internet among its users, the fact of connecting or having access to the network’s resources was not that simple, there was a lack of training and technical knowledge.
So, for example, setting up a modem connection in Windows 3.1 required connecting with drivers in DOS, with a program like Trumpet Winsock, and with clients for the various services.
Technical knowledge also led to knowledge of cyberculture and usually its interest
In all this time, netiquette was never formally regulated by any institution although compilations of this code appeared, enough to be considered canonical. Netiquette
In practice, netiquette consists of a set of rules that indicate what can and cannot be done in online communication .
Let’s look at some examples:
Writing everything in capital letters is considered screaming. Certainly, WHEN EVERYTHING IS WRITTEN IN CAPITAL LETTERS, the text overlaps the view and intuitively gives this feeling of wanting to impose authority and scream. Writing a text in capital letters on the Internet is as if the person shouted anywhere, whether on the street, in a public or private conversation. Netiquette
“Don’t feed the troll” is an English expression that literally means don’t feed the troll. Trolls are Internet users who act in bad faith especially in discussion forums, news comments, blog posts or chats for the purpose of defaming and seeking dissension. The phrase means that we should never answer, that we have to be silent, because in this way we keep away the opportunist who wants to attract attention the most.
Internet is an open network, which shares knowledge, but never take advantage of people who do not have knowledge, on the contrary, help them. This practice refers to the origin of collaboration in networks, an aspect that is still very present (fortunately). Netiquette
We must treat everyone as we would like to be treated, in other words, we must be kind and polite to receive the same in return.
Use emoticons (smileys) to help make sense of the sentences and thus get a better interpretation, since it is not the same to say “you are a fool” than to say the same with a sympathetic face.
Try to make your messages not necessarily long, they should be clear and to the point. This way you save time and also save your interlocutors. Netiquette
In the forums try not to ask twice for the same subject. Before asking, make sure no one asked the same thing as you. If you need to make a variation on the original question, do it in the same thread.
If you have to repeat someone’s communication in order to quote them, eliminate the parts that are not necessary in order to summarize the information and avoid wasting time.
Netiquette is not something static, it has evolved over time, especially as it incorporates new technologies and forms of communication into the range of tools available a few years ago.
One of those new avenues that opened up was smart cell phones or smartphones. Netiquette
Smartphones have also brought contributions to netiquette, such as: turning down the phone volume when you are in some place that might bother you, such as a hospital, church or meeting.