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|Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:45 am Post subject: Forum Netiquette
Part of the culture of the Internet is built on the fact that an individual user can put forward any face he or she cares to present. Thus over time, various sets of rules that attempt to govern conduct on internet forums have evolved. We call those sets of rules "netiquette." To avoid taking up a great deal of space arguing the merits of differing systems of netiquette, the following general points are offered.
If you walked into a cafe, you would introduce yourself before talking to a stranger, forums share alot in common with a cafe. A quick post to introduce yourself, along with filling your profile in (even with the vaguest of details i.e Seeb or Muscat etc), would help let other users to get to know you, if only a little.
Recognize and Accept Cultural and Linguistic Differences
The Internet is international, and while English is generally accepted as the common language of the network, Omanclimbing and forum subscribers cannot afford to take the position that everyone on the Internet understands English well. It is important to be polite and understanding of others on the list who may have difficulty using the English language, just as one would be when meeting someone from a foreign country in person.
Additionally, care should be taken when using local idiom and slang. A common word or phrase used by Americans in everyday speech, for instance, might be taken as profanity or insult by those in other English-speaking countries, and may not be understood at all by non-native speakers of English. It is probably best to avoid non-standard English so as to provide the clearest and least-objectionable exchange of ideas.
Private Mail Should Dictate Private Responses
If someone on a discussion forum has sent a private message to you (i.e., not posted in the forum) and you have lost that person's address but want to respond, do not post private messages to the forum. Post a message to the forum only requesting that the person contact you again, without giving the details of any off-forum messages.
Flaming is Inappropriate
Discussions will often result in disagreements. Rebuttals to another person's opinions or beliefs should always be made in a rational, logical and mature manner, whether they are made publicly or privately. "Flaming," or insulting another forum subscriber, is never appropriate. The Omanclimbing Forum exists to help People find information and get to know other users, and making forum subscribers uncomfortable interferes with the purposes of the forum.
Subscribers should refrain from abusive or derogatory language that might be considered offensive. Omanclimbing reserves the right to ban a user who disregards this guideline.
Unsolicited Advertising and Chain Letters
Most of these are contrary to appropriate use policies governing the use of the poster's Internet access provider. Not only that, they are annoying and (in the case of chain letters) often illegal. Please note that Omanclimbing does not distribute the email addresses of forum subscribers, and any unsolicited advertising and chain letters that appear on the forum should be reported to a moderator.
Other Disruptive or Abusive Behaviour
Be sure that you as a forum participator set a good example of positive interaction and good netiquette practice. Good manners are the same on the internet as they are in person - being polite, considerate of others, and respectful of opinions that may differ from your own are the key to successful interaction on the Omanclimbing Forum.
For More Information
You can find more information on Netiquette here
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