Welcome to AP: Netiquette and you

Mostly taken from HERE. I think it's important to start off on the right foot, and many people fail to integrate well because these rules of netiquette aren't followed. That can lead to bans, flame wars, unneccesary arguments that get personal and off-topic, or users leaving. 


  • Rule 1: Remember the Human
  • Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you. Imagine how you'd feel if you were in the other person's shoes. Stand up for yourself, but try not to hurt people's feelings.

  • Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
  • Be ethical

    Don't believe anyone who says, "The only ethics out there are what you can get away with." This is a book about manners, not about ethics. But if you encounter an ethical dilemma in cyberspace, consult the code you follow in real life. Chances are good you'll find the answer.

  • Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
  • What's perfectly acceptable in one area may be dreadfully rude in another. And because Netiquette is different in different places, it's important to know where you are. When you enter a domain of cyberspace that's new to you, take a look around. Spend a while listening to the chat or reading the archives. Get a sense of how the people who are already there act. Then go ahead and participate.

  • Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
  • It's a cliché that people today seem to have less time than ever before, even though (or perhaps because) we sleep less and have more labor-saving devices than our grandparents did. When you send email or post to a discussion group, you're taking up other people's time (or hoping to). It's your responsibility to ensure that the time they spend reading your posting isn't wasted.

  • Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
  • You will be judged by the quality of your writing. For most people who choose to communicate online, this is an advantage; if they didn't enjoy using the written word, they wouldn't be there. So spelling and grammar do count.

  • Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
  • Don't be afraid to share what you know. It's especially polite to share the results of your questions with others.

  • Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
  • Does Netiquette forbid flaming? Not at all. Flaming is a long-standing network tradition (and Netiquette never messes with tradition). Flames can be lots of fun, both to write and to read. And the recipients of flames sometimes deserve the heat. But Netiquette does forbid the perpetuation of flame wars -- series of angry letters, most of them from two or three people directed toward each other, that can dominate the tone and destroy the camaraderie of a discussion group.

  • Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
  • Some people like the anonymity of the internet, or maybe just want to assume an identity they can't in the real world. If they don't want to share their personal information, stories, etc with you, let it go. There's a reason for it, and everyone has the right to say or withhold any personal information they want to.

  • Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
  • Knowing more than others, or having more power than they do, does not give you the right to take advantage of them.

  • Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes
  • If you do decide to inform someone of a mistake, point it out politely, and preferably by private email rather than in public. Give people the benefit of the doubt; assume they just don't know any better. And never be arrogant or self-righteous about it. Just as it's a law of nature that spelling flames always contain spelling errors, notes pointing out Netiquette violations are often examples of poor Netiquette.

Also, be sure to check out the Welcome Guide to introduce you how to work your way around creating fanposts and fanshots, and knowing which to use. As well, see Chris'well prepared post on getting around AP.

Having technical issues? Read this to see how to post links, images, embed video, etc.

Thanks to everyone who contributes and makes this THE place to find information and news on our beloved Kansas City Chiefs.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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