The Core Rules of Netiquette — Summary
Remember the human.
Never forget that the person reading your mail or posting is, indeed, a person, with feelings that can be hurt.
It’s not nice to hurt other people’s feelings. Think as if you are talking to your mom, best friend, teacher, or a police officer..
Never mail or post anything you wouldn’t say to your reader’s face. Keep in mind that what you intend to say may not be received in the same way it is intended. Think before you hit the send button, always pre- read your comment before clicking send.
Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life.
Be ethical. Breaking the law is bad Netiquette. Never do or say anything that you mother would not approve of or your teacher would put in detention for. Think smart at all times. If there is doubt, don’t send it or rewrite it.
Know where you are in cyberspace.
Netiquette varies from place to place. What might be acceptable in the Philippines, Japan, or Germany may not be appropriate in Saudi Arabia, the United States, or Mexico.
Respect other people’s time.
It’s OK to think that what you’re doing at the moment is the most important thing in the universe, but don’t expect others to think the same way as you. Social media is not different at all than a social setting like a high school prom or dinner with family and / or friends. Also keep in mind that each person is different so one person may speak with you in a different way, just like things you share and talk about with your best friend you would never say to one of your parents or a significant other.
Post messages to the appropriate discussion group. Try not to ask stupid questions in that discussion group. Always read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before joining a group and follow their rules whenever posting to the group.
When appropriate, use private email instead of posting to the group. This is especially true when you have private comments to make or you are responding to a comment or post that is not necessarily in the norm of society.