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4.2.7 Some other advice

  • Keep to the subject, and pick the right conference for your contribution.

  • Before you write a message, take time to see what is being discussed and how. Lurking is quite acceptable online.

  • Keep messages short. People don't want to read large chunks of text on-screen.

  • Write a good subject line (title) for your message – people often haven't time to read messages unless the subject line looks relevant.

  • Keep to one subject (one topic of discussion) per message.

  • When replying to a message, only quote part of the earlier message if you need to. Don't include everything, or messages get longer and longer.

Netiquette questions and answers
QuestionAnswerAnswer feedback
Writing in capitals has the same effect as shouting?TrueYES IT's TRUE you shouldn't write in capitals unless you are trying to emphasise something very strongly, otherwise it will come over as shouting.
You can write what you like as long as you put a smiley face after itFalseEmotions can be easily misunderstood when you can't see faces or body language. People may not realise you are joking; irony and satire are easily missed. Smileys or emoticons such as :-) can be used to express your feelings but you should still be careful.
Flaming means an unpleasant or angry exchange of messagesTrueFlaming can start when someone misunderstands what you mean or is intentionally angry or unpleasant. Often an unwitting breach of netiquette will escalate in a flaming spiral of angry messages. So if you feel your temperature rising as you write, save your message, take a break or sleep on it – and still don't hit Send.
You should always quote the whole of someone's message when replyingFalseWhen replying to a message, quote the relevant part. Don't include everything or messages get longer and longer.
Lurking is considered to be bad netiquetteFalseLurking means just having a look at messages on a conference rather than contributing yourself. If you're not confident about contributing yet it's fine to lurk online for a bit before you send a message and take time to see what is being discussed and how.
IMHO stands for In My Humble OpinionTrueIMHO (in my humble opinion) is an abbreviation often used in online discussions. You may also see IMNSHO (in my not so humble opinion). These expressions are helpful for netiquette purposes – they indicate that you are giving your own point of view, rather than stating an undeniable fact!
If you disagree with someone you should acknowledge what they have said firstTrueBefore you disagree with someone, try to summarise the other person's point in your own words. Then they know you are trying to understand them and will be more likely to take your view seriously. Otherwise, you risk talking at each other rather than to each other.