Background paper

Please, Follow the "Netiquette" Rules and Conventions.

Many useful hints, advices, rules, and conventions of "netiquette" can be found in the news.announce.newusers newsgroup as well as on several "ftp archive computers" or within information systems like Gopher.

Some examples for such useful hints:

  • Post your question or contribution only to that news/discussion group or forum on-line which is the most appropriate, because only then will you reach your audience and receive useful answers.
  • Put a short, but descriptive and appropriate header into the Subject line of your posting, because people will use this header to select your posting out of maybe hundreds of other postings.
  • Keep your posting short, because many people do not take the time to read more than a few screen-fulls of information. But: Do not omit necessary details.
  • If you reply to a question or follow-up to an article, include the essential parts of the original question in your posting, but only the essential parts!
  • Before you post something to the net, ask yourself whether it is really necessary to publish ("post") it to millions of people all over the world, or whether it might be sufficient to "mail" it only to the person concerned.
  • Remember the difference between the "reply" and the "follow-up" functions (or whatever they are called) of your newsreader program.
  • Do not mis-use the net for personal flames, silly jokes, commercial or political advertising, chain letters, or anything that is illegal in one of the participating countries. And never follow-up to any of these if they happen to occur. Usually it is best to ignore them (hoping that someone else will take care of the offender) and to put the offending subject line or author name into your "kill file". If you must react, then use private mail to the author or to his system administrator.
Netiquette E-conference Background paper