• Netiquette is the digital version of etiquette,
or the do’s and don’ts of online
Netiquette by Virginia Shea
• The 10 core rules of netiquette were
examined and explained by Virginia Shea in
her book, “Netiquette.” The rules are…
The 10 Core Rules
• Rule 1: Remember the Human
• Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior
online that you follow in real life
• Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
• Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
• Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
• Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
• Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
• Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
• Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
• Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes
Rule 1: Remember the Human
• Follow the rule that your parents taught you
again and again: Treat others the way you
would want to be treated.
Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of
behavior online that you follow in real life
• Be ethical and remember that there are still
laws in cyberspace.
Rule 3: Know where you are in
• Different rules and behaviors are expected in
different domains. Take a moment to look
around and explore before putting your
thoughts out there.
Rule 4: Respect other peoples time
• Remember that everyone may not have the
bandwidth speed that you have. Be sure to
not post items multiple times.
• Understand that you are not the center of
attention in all forums. Not everyone may
have the same ideas and opinions as you. Be
Rule 5: Make yourself look good
• Grammar and language are viewed and
judged. Be sure you proofread what you put
• Know what you’re talking about and make
sure it makes sense.
Rule 6: Share Expert Knowledge
• People post questions online to receive
answers. If you are knowledgeable on a
subject, share your information.
• If you have a question, research it thoroughly
Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under
• “Flaming” is when people express their
opinions strongly and with emotion, despite
others feelings on a topic.
• Be careful how involved you get into a flame
war. They may be fun at first, but they get old
Rule 8: Respect other people’s privacy
• The rule says exactly what it means: respect
other’s privacy the way you would want to
have yours respected.
Rule 9: Don’t abuse your power
• Just because you know more, have more skills,
or have more power does not give you the
right to take advantage of them.
Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people’s
• At some point in time, all of us were new to
the digital world. Be polite and if you feel you
need to point out a mistake, let them know in
a nice way.