Distance Learning Email List
Netiquette (or Good Manners to Use in the List)
E-mail is an informal method of communicating, but some basic rules of style or Netiquette (network etiquette) are expected.
- If your post is relevant only to one member of the list, please contact that person using personal e-mail. For example, some people have responded to a group wide message by typing an answer and then hitting the reply icon. The result is that every member of the listserv receives the message.
- Use the subject line to announce your topic. We all get a lot of e-mail and a descriptive subject line will help to identify a message from a Distance Learning colleague.
- Use only one topic per message.
- Be thoughtful when posting information from other listservs. Many of us are on several listservs such as edinfo and eductech. Instead of a simple forward of the posting, add a note about why you found the article informative.
- This listserv is confidential. Do not forward or share others' e-mail without permission.
- When responding to another's message, don't quote back the entire message. Delete the excess and make your comments at the very top before starting the quotes.
- Avoid "Me, too" and "Yes" messages. We really are interested in reading what you can add to the discussion.
- DON'T TYPE IN ALL CAPS. This is perceived as shouting.
- Use emoticons (also known as "smileys") when trying to convey a tone of voice :-)
- Consider carefully what you write; it's a permanent record and can be easily forwarded to others.
- Write succinctly. Don't waste bandwidth. E-mail may be inexpensive to most, but not to all.
- Don't send entire web pages to a discussion group, just the URLs (web page address).
- Don't blatantly promote your business by posting an advertisement to a discussion group, unless it is clearly an accepted use and you have cleared it with the moderator (if there is one) first. Otherwise, you are "spamming."
- When forwarding messages, put your comments at the top of the message.
- Don't overuse acronyms like BTW (by the way) or IMHO (in my humble opinion). Not everyone is experienced with this jargon and they may not want to admit their confusion - possibly losing your point.
- Do not forward personal e-mail to a discussion group without getting the author's permission first.
- Read over your e-mail before you send it. Although e-mail is a more informal method of communication than writing a letter, be sure you make your points clear and concise. Use a spell checker if available.
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