Netiquette Rules: Forums

Roman Forums

Gone are the days of Roman forums where the public met in the city square for centuries for their civil ceremonies, religious rite, gladiator matches and criminal trials.

The Roman Forum noted for the most celebrated meeting place in the world and marked their place in history as the first forum.

Stay Calm When Communicating on the Internet
Stay Calm When Communicating on the Internet

Digital Age Created New Internet Communication Rules

Today we live in the digital age where we adhere to netiquette rules to keep us civil and safe on the web. The code of conduct is different when interacting over the Internet, social networks, email, cells phones and Skype.

When Internet communication becomes thought-provoking it is sometimes difficult for the participants to clearly understand another member without facial expressions and body language when not (Skype it the exception) viewed on cyberspace.

Therefore, follow Netiquette rules for civil decorum in Internet communication with the World Wide Web of partakers.

We select forums for answers, keeping current, sharing knowledge from the experience of others to solve Internet issues. Forums are great for newbie and Internet veterans to meet and learn from each other. It is a serious place of business to share and learn.

Netiquette Rules

Netiquette rules are the rules of Internet etiquette which varies with private forums within companies. Nevertheless, the basic conduct and behavior rules on forums can be simplified and clear:

  1. Be Polite---rudeness is not accepted---might be banned from forums.
  2. Hijacking a discussion thread is not tolerated.
  3. Someone who has a vendetta against forum subject---rants and raves are not allowed.
  4. Does not accept helpful advice---selective hearing syndrome is apparent---stop communication with this person and talk to others only.
  5. Intimates forum question and then is disrespectful of answers is not allowed.
  6. Stay on Topic.
  7. Be Respectful of others and their answers when joining a forum thread.
  8. No Profanity.
  9. Start a new forum if you cannot find your answers in current forum threads.
  10. Be professional always in dealing with others.
  11. Treat others as you want them to treat you in any conversation on the World Wide Web.
  12. Listen carefully because hubs are born from forum discussions.
  13. Use common sense and be considerate.
  14. Never use all “CAPITALS” it’s received as shouting.
  15. Use email netiquette in business and personal use.

World Wide Web Needs Netiquette
World Wide Web Needs Netiquette

Internet Gurus

I learned from many Internet Gurus in their forums and their answers were always polite and professional no matter how mundane my inquiries were as a newbie.

And, I still visit their forums when I cannot find an answer on HubPages or Blogger.com. These Gurus are so busy making their millions, but still professionals using their time to explain.

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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hi Beautiful Bobbi ~

I really got into this hub about 'Netiquette' :) You really shine with this paragraph, "I learned from many Internet Gurus in their forums and their answers were always polite and professional no matter how mundane my inquiries were as a newbie.." - Thanks for teaching me on this subject my dear friend. Hope you are doing terrific. I voted an exhilarating Up, UAI and sharing all over the place. :) Love you and wish you rainbows galore - Audrey


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Nice work, Bobbi! I do try to stay polite, but it's a test sometimes. :) I refuse to go to forums. Life is too short for me to spend time with rude and undisciplined people.

I hope you are well. Have a great week.

bill


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Availiasvision 2 years ago from California

Bill, you are a shining example of internet etiquette. I've noticed that you are very gracious with people you disagree with or are hostel towards you. I hope that this group is a safe place from bullies and hate. I've seen a little of it. At the end of the day we can only control how we respond. If you don't fan the flame, bullies will eventually get bored and leave.


Donna Cook 2 years ago

Hi Bobbi, Would that all forum participants followed these rules. I am appalled at some of the comments I've seen. Voted up and shared.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Precious Audrey,

My Internet went off last night as I logged on to visit your hubs. I will try again to night. I am so happy to se you again. You have a great Tuesday night.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

billybuc,

You will never need to work about being rude----you are a true gentleman. I am well and you and Bev have a great week together.

Bobbi


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Donna Cook,

Yes, my face is still red from some remarks I have red on forums around the WWW. It is so nice to see you again and I appreciate your visit and comment. You have a great Wednesday.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Availiasvision,

You are right on target about Bill and thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great Wednesday.

Bobbi Purvis


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social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

You use smooth language, and share helpful advice. I hope some people will take the time to learn from this piece. We have some rude people on here, unfortunately. I will keep reading your articles. :)


twodawgs 2 years ago

This is a good set of basic rules to follow, but keep in mind, all forums have their own specific rules that may not be obvious when you first register to participate. Some forums are pretty lenient and allow topics to drift somewhat, if the conversation is lively and informative or entertaining. Others are very strict and consider any topic drift to be a hijack. There are also widely varying definitions of "spam" as well.

So it's a good idea to take the time to read the rules on any new forum you join.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi social thoughts,

I appreciate your comment and I will be reading your articles. Have a great Wednesday.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi twodawgs,

You made a good point and that is why I wrote the rules will vary. Have a great Wednesday.

Bobbi Purvis


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Robie Benve 2 years ago from Ohio

You really hit the nail on the head with this Bobbi. I have been avoiding forums for a while now, because I can't stand the drama. Great job telling the way it should/could be. :)


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Robie Benve,

It is nice to meet you. Some forums I have visited for information I stayed a very short time because of the rudeness for no reason and bad language.

I hope you have a wonderful day in Ohio and thanks for your visit with me this morning and comment.

Bobbi Purvis


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Bobbi, I only visit forums here if a friend of mine posts a topic or question that sounds interesting. I find a few of those who frequent them regularly are quite rude and disrespectful...so I do it sparingly. There is a need for a code of conduct. Good hub.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for your comment and I agree with you. If my Internet stays on long enough---they are working on it here in the country---I will visit your hubs later. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Bobbi Purvis


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice hub on a relevant topic for everyone.

I visit forums to congratulate hubbers, when they inform about achieving milestones. All the Netiquette rules you have mentioned are so much valid and essential to follow.

Well done and thanks!


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning ChitrangadaSharan,

Thanks for the visit and comment. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Bobbi Purvis


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

This is some very helpful advise Purvis. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi vkwok,

Thanks and I wish you the best weekend ever.

Bobbi Purvis


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

loved this--so important to be polite and kind in this online world!


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

HI Bobbi - great advice. At times I go on forums but I am very selective. Interacting with others about their political or religious tastes are outside of my desire and feel like a waste. I do try to be respectful and even in times when something sparks a bit of discontent or anger I try to send my words on a professional journey before I hit the submit button :)


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi AudreyHowitt,

It is always so nice to hear from you. I believe in always being kind anywhere and especially when so many are communicating online for information.

Have a wonderful week. I love your profile photo.

Bobbi Purvis


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub it is very important to be polite and follow the Netiquettes that you have mentioned.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Vellur,

Thanks for your visit. It is always great to hear from you and I agree. I hope you are having wonderful weather today.

Thanks,

Bobbi Purvis


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I think that it is always priceless to help another person when one's advice is asked. After all, how else do we learn what options are out there? Thanks for ringing this up, Bobbi.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi aviannovice,

It is great to hear from you and thanks for the visit and comment. Have a wonderful Thursday,

Bobbi Purvis


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Bobbie: You have written an important and relevant hub here. Netiquette is so important. I am always amazed at how people can be rude and disrespectful on the web and ever here on the forums on HP. It think it is easier to be rude because we are not face to face with the people that are being dissed. It is awful and there is no excuse for it. Your suggestions for how to behave on the web are good ones. Voted up+ and shared.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi suzettenaples,

It is so nice to hear from you and I appreciate your visit and comment. I am getting my recipes ready for Thanksgiving---time is soaring by these last few months and Christmas is just around the corner.

Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis


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AUPADHYAY 2 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

Dear Purvis, True to be followed by us. Interesting hub. Thanks for sharing it.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning AUPADHYAY,

Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis


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ecogranny 2 years ago from San Francisco

Thanks for these tips. Such good common sense.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi ecogranny,

Thank you for your visit and comment. Using common sense is the best life tool sometimes and saves the day on many issues.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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dilipchandra12 2 years ago from India

Well said and agreed with every rule my friend. Be polite, glad to see this as the first rule and that is the most important rule. I see on many sites, different users - lack politeness. They behave totally insane and they support their attitude, saying - I am very Frank.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Dilip,

Thanks for taking the time to read my hub. I do not understand why some people are rude. It only makes them look bad and uneducated, because they are not using good social skills.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've never heard of netiquette rules...until now! I totally agree with each rule. The list is so simple and easy to follow. So why can't people manage to obey the rules? Too many net users thrive on attention...it's obvious and annoying. Hopefully they will adhere to the rules better :)


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning Sunshine,

I like it when people use good manners and are never rude, and since we are all adults and professionals there is no reason not to be polite as we converse with each other.

Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful day.

Bobbi Purvis


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

These are some good and useful guidelines. Because so many people do not, I tend to avoid forums. A few bad apples can really ruin the whole experience.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I rarely join in unless I feel my information will help someone. I believe some bad apples just do not know how to sugar coat their words. I have a friend who is upfront with a no-nonsense attitude. When she does her thing I just read between the lines for the valuable input she gives me.

You have a great new week and may it be fun and safe.

Bobbi Purvis

Thanks for reading my hub.


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molometer 23 months ago

Good call Bobbi, communicating online is fraught with danger and pitfalls. An innocent text message or email can so easily be misinterpreted or misunderstood. As we do not have the visual clues to give context.

Forums can be very useful but when they degenerate into farce I move on.

Good post with great info. Votes and sharing.


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PurvisBobbi44 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi molometer,

I hope life is treating you well. Thanks for the visit from England, and have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

It was great to see you on Goggle+, and I don't know why I did not see your hub on HubPages.

Take Care,

Bobbi Purvis


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Writer Fox 20 months ago from the wadi near the little river

You've got some great ideas for netiquette. Some forums allow people to say anything and others don't. I think the best forums are the ones where knowledgeable people contribute out of a genuine desire to help other people. Unfortunately, those forums are few and far between. Some of the best forums I have found are those for programmers or those which offer computer help. The people contributing to those forums are extremely intelligent and have few axes to grind.


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PurvisBobbi44 20 months ago from Florida Author

Writer Fox,

The best forums are when you answer a question to help a Hubber or when you start a forum.

I have learned so much from you on forums in the four years I've been a member of this site. You have helped so many and we all appreciate you and your kindness.

Have a wonderful new week and may your blessings be many.

Bobbi Purvis


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Farawaytree 13 months ago from California

I liked this one a lot! Sooo true! Great hub


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PurvisBobbi44 13 months ago from Florida Author

Farawaytree,

Hi and thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great new week.

Bobbi

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