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CROSSLINKS: Chapter 2—Netiquette

Chapter 2 of Writing Online offered a brief discussion of netiquette. The Crosslinks that follow lead to more netiquette advice, stories of netiquette gone bad, resources on privacy and international culture online, examples of good and bad ways to respond to flames, and ideas for research projects on netiquette and Internet customs.


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Netiquette Advice


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Netiquette Gone Bad
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  Privacy and International Culture
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  Dealing with Flames
  • The Unabridged History of Usenet Flaming??? is a compilation of posts from alt.culture.usenet and news.future on flaming. Collected in 1993 by Jorn Barger.
  • The Flamer's Bible was written in 1987 by Joe Talmadge, again based on Usenet experiences. As you can see, what was true then remains true to this day. If you have to flame, do it with style. For an example (made-up) of a flame, see Talmadge's Bible followup.
  • Flameworld is a site that is no longer maintained, so some of the links might not work, but you have to see it to appreciate it. Much of it celebrates flaming; it includes a link to some excellent advice as well.

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  Research Ideas:
  • How Effective Are Netiquette Guides? Netiquette advice abounds, but everyone also complains that people are rude and boorish online. How can that be? Do the guides work? Look into why people act badly when so much time is spent advising them to act nicely. You can examine netiquette guides, examples of flames, and look into studies of online behavior.
  • Who Says We Should Have Privacy? If you explore some of the links on privacy, you'll find that there's an ongoing debate that falls roughly along these lines: privacy advocates say too much information about us is being collected and sold on the Web (what we read, what we buy, where we live). Advocates for businesses that do this say it's no big deal, or that the business that learns the information learns something of economic value and should be able to sell it. The underlying questions, however, seem to be these: What is privacy exactly? Why do we value it? Do we have a right to it, and if so according to what law or principle? You'll find lots of essays and articles online that address these issues, many of them by exploring more deeply the pages provided above (but you can also try searches). Investigate the issue and write an essay that states your beliefs on privacy.

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