Why Do We Need "Netiquette"?

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What is "netiquette"?

  • Etiquette (politeness) for the network
  • Specifically refers to etiquette for "mailing lists" and (Usenet) "newsgroups"
  • Modern networks (SNS, LINE) will be homework

What is the need?

  • Compare to postal mail and telephone
    • "Targeted" (feels "personal") (more like telephone)
    • Free mass distribution (unlike either)
    • Not interactive (like postal mail)
    • New tools can be awkward (block copy)
  • It's easy to make mistakes, hard to correct them

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