Emoticons and Netiquette


  1. Learn about Emoticons
  2. Learn about Netiquette
  3. Learn what to do about Objectionable Material
EmoticonsEmoticons (produced with keyboard characters) were developed to reduce the on-line misunderstandings that arise through e-mail and newsgroup messages. You can use these characters to represent your real intentions in your messages. Emoticons can be used to express a grin, a smile, a frown, a grimace, and more.Emoticons help to diminish misunderstandings in online communication. With emoticons, you can express hundreds of emotions:a wink (just kidding)
😉a frowny face (displeasure)
🙁A surprised look (shock)
😮An impassive face (unimpressed)
and hundreds more
Below are some of the commonly used emoticons (smiley and frowney faces).
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Netiquette GuidelinesNetiquette (Network etiquette) is the term describing a general set of guidelines that define proper use of the Internet. Some of these guidelines are:Treat people with respect and courtesy.Remember that your electronic correspondence reaches a broad audience of people with different perspectives on your ideas.Use emoticons to illustrate emotions. Just your words may not be enough to convey your message to everyone in such a diversified audience. (However, some people find emoticons very irritating — so use them sparingly.)Maintain an open and forgiving attitude towards the ideas of others.Make your correspondence as brief and to the point as possible to keep Internet traffic as low as possible. This saves disk space and time of your readers.Use FAQs (the Frequently Asked Question and answer section of various facets of the Internet) before you distribute your questions to thousands of people. (Probably the question has been asked and answered previously.)Where appropriate, respond to an individual Internet user concerning highly specific information rather than to thousands of people who may not care about your personal response to a question.Include just enough relevant material of a previous posting to aid your response.Limit the line length of your message to 70 characters. Some e-mail editors or newsreaders cannot handle more than 70 characters per line.Treat people with respect and courtesy.
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SpammingSpamming is sending messages to everyone on the Internet. This is very wasteful.
It is possible to get a list of every accessible Listserv list. With that information you could send a message to thousands of groups involving hundreds of thousands or millions of people. Occasionally messages will appear which foretell the end of the world, for example. This activity is objected to by Internet users and has been given the unpleasant descriptor “spamming”.Do not SPAM on the Internet!!FlamingFlaming is the Internet term for an electronic shouting match. Flaming is 🙁 upon.
Newsgroup members sometimes anonymously post extreme, differing opinions on the same topic. At times, postings could develop into electronic shouting matches. This is called flaming.Likewise, angry responses posted to lists or angry e-mail responses are called flaming.Do not FLAME on the Internet!!!
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Screening Objectionable Material for ChildrenDo not give out personal information, such as address, phone number, work address or phone number, without parent’s permission.Inform a parent (teacher) if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.Never agree to meet with someone personally that you met on-line, unless your parent (teacher) is informed.Never send anyone your picture or other personal information without your parent’s (teacher’s) permission.Do not respond to any message that makes you feel uncomfortable. Inform your parents (teachers).Follow the rules for on-line use defined by your parents (teachers) pertaining to time of day, length of time, and appropriate Net places to investigate.Although free investigation of all Internet services is one of the strong features of the Net that enhances educational opportunities, it may be necessary to limit, to some degree, childrens’ access to some Net activities or areas.Top of Page