Internet Etiquette


With the use of the Internet expanding at an unbeleivable rate, many users may find themselves on the Internet without any idea that the Internet has its own standards of behavior. For the most part, users are expected to behave as they would in real life. The main points that Internet Etiquette(or netiquette) brings up deal with conscientous use of the medium.
Here is a list of some concepts that we at Netmar, Inc. feel are crucial:

  • Keep paragraphs and messages short and to the point.
    For example, when replying to email, it is not necessary to leave in everything the sender said. Doing so makes mail confusing and tiresome to read, especially after many such replies.
  • Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading. Capitalizing whole words that are not titles is generally termed as SHOUTING!
  • Standards of behavior may be different in some areas of cyberspace, but they are not lower than in real life.

    Be Ethical

  • It's possible, even easy, to get a list of every Usenet newsgroup and publicly accessible LISTSERV list. With very little thought, you can convert the list into a program that will mail the same message to every single one of these groups.
    Doing this is called "spamming", after the Monty Python sketch in which the word 'spam' was used profusely, much like the effect of mailing like this.
    Spamming from Netmar's system is prohibited.
  • Another form of spamming is the sending of unsolicited email. This is any email advertisement sent to someone who did not request it. Netmar also prohibits the sending of unsolicited email from its service.