Do You Have Good Netiquette?

Netiquette is a term used when referring to online etiquette. The main core value surrounding netiquette is respect. The net is used by many individuals to express their feelings and opinions about a topic or concern. Many times the use of online platforms are used to address personal issues that otherwise are not publicly spoken about. Being respectful and abiding to basic netiquette will protect users and those posting content in various ways. For example, being disrespectful towards someone’s views can lead opposing groups to harass you or flag your comment and have your account taken down. Online shaming or “throwing shade” is a very common concept online and can backfire on both parties. Those being shamed or the person doing the shaming can both be faced with threats by the online community.

Now that I’ve expressed my opinion on netiquette, I want to refer to a few of BBC’s basic rules of netiquette.

1. Clarity is a major key to ensure you have good netiquette. For example, making sure you are concise with what you are trying to say refraining from slang that may not be understood by everyone. Miscommunication is very common on the internet so it is a good idea to proof read or provide further explanation if you are asked by other users in case of misinterpretation.

2. A great way of thinking and enforcing good netiquette is before posting a response online, think about if someone such as a mentor, parent, child or spouse were to read it knowing it came from you. How would they feel? Would they agree? Disagree?

3. In school they stress the importance of citing our papers and the consequences of plagiarism and academic dishonesty. The same goes for the real world except you can actually get sued for stealing someone else’s work. I mean how would you feel if someone stole one of your papers and got the credit for it? Having good netiquette is giving credit where credit is due.


WebWise Team. (2012, October 10). What is Netiquette? Retrieved September 20, 2016, from