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Venus193:
1.  Really think before you post because you must assume that anything you post can be seen by the most unreasonable person in your life.  This is even more true of e-mail, which can be forwarded to anyone forever.

2.  Observe the rules of anything you post on.  If profane words and visuals with nudity are forbidden, do not use them. 

3.  In an internet discussion, read the entire thread before posting.  It is tiresome to participants to repeat themselves in response to you and tiresome to subsequent readers to see the same answers repeated by others.

4.  Stay on topic.

5.  Do not type in all uppercase; this is the internet equivalent of shouting.

6.  Organize a long post into reasonable paragraphs.  It is very unpleasant to attempt to read a large block of text without breaks.

7.  Please observe the same rules of spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation that you would in a formal letter or thesis.  It makes your post or e-mail understandable.

8.  Even if the forum/site doesn't have rules about this, please limit the size of your sig photos or graphics.  It is annoying to other readers to have to scroll through two or more screen lengths to get to the bottom of your post, especially if the text is only a single line or word.

9.  Do not forward chain letters, jokes, cartoons, or any other commonly forwarded item to anyone who does not wish to receive them.

10.  When forwarding anything per #9, please remove all the other headers in between.  Some people's e-mail programs create nested attachments which can become 20 or more layers deep, so it is rude to make them open the item 20 or more times to get to the cartoon or joke you were intending to forward.  It should also be considered rude to forward people's e-mail addresses to strangers.`

caranfin:
If you are sending an e-mail to a group of people, consider whether they may not want their e-mail addresses made public to others. If this might be an issue, use BCC to hide their addresses.

Venus193:
Good one, canrafin.

Addendum to #3 above:  It also feels rude to remind people within the thread to please read the earlier posts in response to a question that has already been asked and answered.

caranfin:

--- Quote from: Venus193 on April 03, 2009, 09:26:25 AM ---Addendum to #3 above:  It also feels rude to remind people within the thread to please read the earlier posts in response to a question that has already been asked and answered.

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But it is okay to politely say "The OP discussed that in post #35," isn't it?

Winterlight:
When you have a flaming denunciation all ready to hit a thread or an email, stop. Step away from the keyboard and breathe. Get a Coke. Then think about whether this is going to burn any bridges, and whether you are prepared for the possible blowback.

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