Internet Etiquette

Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 01:43 AM

I became involved with the Internet community when I was fourteen and though I use what I have always believed to be common sense, misunderstandings and problems still happen. I don't believe I have asked this before because I did not feel that I needed to; if I am operating on any misinformation, it is never too late to ask. I'm asking, what are the guidelines for proper Internet etiquette?

I especially want to hear from the moderators.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: James_Van_Artsdalen

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 02:17 AM

"Netiquette" has been an issue since the dawn of the arpanet, and probably before. A search on "Netiquette" will help.

Just write as though the other party is in the room conversing with you directly. If necessary, pretend they are well-armed to motivate your self-restraint...
Posted by: scafool

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 04:25 AM

The way I understand it is
no politics,
no conspiracy theories,
no cussing,
no deliberate lying,
no spamming,
no posting other peoples articles, respect copyright.
It seems pretty basic.

Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle

Posted by: yelp

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 04:55 AM

Oh, you mean NO FUN... wink
Posted by: UpstateTom

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 05:25 AM

I was going to make a joke, but instead I'll say this - What strikes me most about this forum is that people are generally kind. It's such a simple thing, but in addition to all of the technical info sprinkled with a little humor, that's one of the reasons I enjoy this place. There's also very little b.s., and that's nice, too.

Posted by: James_Van_Artsdalen

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 05:35 AM

Originally Posted By: scafool
respect copyright.

In 25 years of using the arpanet/Internet, that's the first time I've ever seen "copyright" in a description of "Netiquette". Priority, attribution etc, yes, but never copyright.

The "Dear Emily Postnews" columns were well done but apply more to the usenet era than message boards.

Perhaps the biggest thing is to remember that for many or most readers English is not their primary language and that's not always immediately obvious. And subtle pop references are often pointless to readers who didn't grow up immersed in American TV culture.
Posted by: TheSock

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 08:00 AM

We could avoid a lot of the arguments on this site if people simply checked their facts before attacking a poster for saying something they don't agree with. It's called google. And if you are wrong; simply admit it. We all make mistakes.
Too often people simply invent facts and reply to corrections with abuse.
And read what people actually wrote, rather than what you have decided they wrote. You don't have to look far here to see people responding angrily to words in a post, that they have invented themselves
And be very careful using irony. There's no tone of voice here. What might be meant as a gentle comment can be interpreted as down right rude.
The Sock
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 05:09 PM

Originally Posted By: scafool
Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle

J'amène un flambeau comme un élément de mon EDC.

I bring a torch as part of my EDC.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Arney

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 05:53 PM

Oh, if only more people were so concerned with etiquette!

There are probably a lot of people, especially younger folks, who have always participated in online or wireless communications, who think that there's a real difference between face-to-face etiquette and online etiquette. Unfortunately, many of these same kids find to their dismay that this doesn't fly in the real world, like answering a text message during a job interview and wondering why they didn't get the job. *sigh*

Here's a different angle to the question. You mentioned misunderstandings. Unfortunately, no matter how considerate you are and how well you adhere to any set of rules, there are just a lot of people out there who do not understand what the word "discussion" means. Any sort of opinion that doesn't jive with their own is taken as a personal attack, and therefore they get angry and start making personal attacks back. I've seen that too many times to count. Just look at what passes for "discussion" on TV news these days, like on Fox News, where shouting down or denigrating the other speaker is equated with a "successful" appearance. (Why is Fox News often the only news they show at my gym in the evenings?!)

I'm sure these talking heads understand what's going on, but to the impressionable public, they gradually think this is the norm in terms of how adults should interact. Just look at these town hall meetings over health care reform. Obviously, we only see the most over the top comments on TV, but still, it's the verbal equivalent of a beat down or covering your ears and yelling, "La-la-la, I'm not listening to you~!"

Sorry, that's probably not particularly helpful to you. But it's unfortunate that often the problem is really with the other person.

Actually, it may help us give more specific advice if you could clarify what kinds of situations have been giving you problems, Jeanette. Disagreements turning into personal attacks is just one problem. Jokes taken the wrong way are another. Dealing with unprovoked harassment is another.

Personally, I think that there are few Internet-specific rules, or Netiquette. Things like not typing in all caps and such, not hotlinking to images from other sites, etc. Most Netiquette is simply an extension of real world etiquette and norms--or should be.
Posted by: JBMat

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 06:06 PM

There are several things often overlooked.

If you disagree, attack the argument, not the poster. Ad hominem attacks make you look bad. Argue facts, don't call the other poster stoopid.

Caps is yelling. More than 1 exclamation pt and underlining for emphasis is annoying. Bolding is less annoying. Excessive use of "leet" language makes you look silly - if you can't type in "real" english, give the rest of us a break. However, don't make fun of ESL people, imagine it was you trying to type into their native language.

And stuff that makes me crazy - Cellphones - unless it's life or death, they should be off when driving, when in the checkout line, and at movies. Yes, I was the guy who actually took a cellphone out of a guy's hand and turned it off so he could hear the cashier. I was nice enuf to say "He'll call you back later" before the phone was disconected. And he called me rude - while the rest of the line cheered. Never texted, probably won't, but answer them on your time, not mine. I complain about cashiers on cells when I am checking out, if you hate your job, have the guts to quit; don't make them fire you.

Btw, I don't currently own a cell phone. Wife does tho.
Posted by: CANOEDOGS

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 07:01 PM

my problem is i type like i think and the....'s are pause while i move to the next thought..i took English 101 in 1965 and that was enough for me...thanks..if a post looks like its going bad i just quit on it.having a go around with a faceless someone on a computer screen is a joke and i know there are people out there who just like to pull someones chain to see what happens..CAP's are fine if you want to make a point..i guess.and after all it's just the Web not a PhD thesis....ok..?
Posted by: scafool

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 07:38 PM

Oh, yah, youse spellen cheque two
oar yews endup lookin like a dumber
Posted by: KenK

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 08:06 PM

Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
Originally Posted By: scafool
Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle

J'amène un flambeau comme un élément de mon EDC.

I bring a torch as part of my EDC.

Jeanette Isabelle

Now there is an excellent example of the complexity of understanding the English language and the need for patience on this - and any - forum. As I sit here trying to figure out why you'd be carrying a large stick with a kerosene-soaked cloth wrapped around one end ...


Let alone why you'd store your kit in your boot [boot (British English) = trunk (American English) ... as in your car ].

Posted by: Y_T_

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 09:03 PM

I think the fact that you're conscientious enough to ask, and that you've been online since you were a teenager, means you probably already know the etiquette. smile But offhand here's the things that I most often see. Maybe they'll help you or others.

In general I look at it this way: asking someone to read your post is asking them to do you a favor.
You can't expect someone to do you a favor if you make your post difficult or impossible to read. So take the time to follow basic netiquette.

* Always read the forum rules before you begin posting.
If you're new to a site you need to first read and accept the rules of that forum. This will save you a great deal of hassle, complaints and attacks from other members. If you do violate the rules then apologize and try to correct the mistake. I've seen far too many people barge onto a place, post entirely contrary to the vibe and rules of the site, then complain about how "mean" or "uptight" everyone is when in fact they are the ones who are out of line. Take responsibility and learn the guidelines.

* ALL CAPS is shouting when used for more than just a few words. And shouting is rude.
All caps for a word or phrase is ok as that use is just emphasis, like bold or italic. A sentence or more and you're shouting at someone. A paragraph or more and you're not only impossible to read but really annoying. (I see lots of people do this because they think leaving the caps lock on saves them the effort of hitting the shift key. When in reality it would be far better for them to have no capitals than all caps.)

* Make the effort to use proper punctuation (even if it's just a period) and capitalize your sentences. At least if there are more than 1 or 2 sentences. It really, really helps make your posts more readable.
Not everyone uses perfect grammar all the time, but at least use enough for basic comprehension. It doesn't matter if you're typing from your phone. We still can't read or comprehend your post when it's 4 lines of different thoughts that all run together, with no periods and no capitals to indicate where one begins and the other ends. Ditto for so many abbreviations or truncated words in an effort to save typing time. If no one knows what you just said then you didn't save any time at all. And if you're unable to properly express yourself via your mobile device then wait until you're at a computer. It's not life or death, so if you can't make your post comprehensible then you don't need to reply at that very moment.

* Include the person's name or their quote when you are responding to something specific. Snip out the small relevant sentence or passage if you're quoting a long post.
This helps avoid misunderstandings or confusion by identifying who and what you are addressing. Particularly when a thread is moving quickly and 2 or 3 people may have posted between you and the post you're referencing. It also makes it much easier for people to follow the discussion. Generally, if you're addressing the entire post you can just use the person's username or just a small snippet to indicate what post you're referencing. Quoting the entire block of their post is cumbersome for other users.

* Use paragraph breaks AND paragraph spaces to separate your thoughts in a readable manner.
If you don't know how or when to do this every 5 or so lines seems a good guideline. I've seen so many huge walls of text, like 30-50 lines, without a single paragraph break. Just lines and lines of text all running into each other like a single thought. Or if they use a paragraph break they don't actually use a space between the paragraphs, which makes the break itself almost useless. It's nearly impossible to wade through posts like that. Sometimes this is adopted by people who are also rambling only semi-coherently and frequently going off-topic to their own subject, which makes their post even harder to read.

There's a reason newspapers, magazines and books use paragraphs and spaces between paragraphs: it has been proven over and over to not only help with comprehension by dividing thoughts, but also greatly help with the act of reading by allowing the eye to take a break with those white spaces.

* Never, ever use post someone's personal information on a forum unless you have been given explicit permission to do so. Or unless they have already done so and you are quoting them.
This includes their real name (not user name/handle), spouse's real name, children's real names, phone numbers, addresses, school or workplace name, children's school, or any photos.

If in doubt PM them and ask first. The information can be viewed and used by anyone on the internet. The issue of internet safety is no joke. Deciding to be careless with someone else's info can cost them their job, their parental rights, or their personal safety. (Yes, all of these things have in fact occurred.) It can result in emotional or physical harassment, or outright stalking.

* If you're asking a question or for help ask it upfront, be concise, and strip out any personal life stuff and stress that's not relevant to your specific question.
Don't make people have to decipher your question in the middle of your life story or play detective trying to guess what your point is. Again, you're asking a favor so do so in the easiest manner. Sometimes you may find that after you've written your question post you then need to go back to edit and reorganize your thoughts to make your point clearer. That's ok.

I see this problem a lot with those who are new to the internet, particularly those who are upset about a topic. They'll post 10 paragraphs of rambling personal drama just to ask where to buy a flashlight. To the writer all these personal things are somehow related because they want you to know how stressed they are about their life and why they need that flashlight so badly and why you should take pity on them and help them. Unfortunately their method pretty much insures they won't get the help they need because no one can get through their post. People are often happy to help, you don't need to convince them with your tale of woe first. wink

* Do your research first: use the search feature, be informed, don't be a mall-ninja or poseur.
Use the search function before posting, especially if you are new. No matter how special mom thinks you are, you are not a unique snowflake. wink Chances are 100 people have asked the very same question or posted the very same article before you. And that means that members of the forum have already taken time out of their day to provide information at least once (and probably several) times before.

Don't disrespect their time. Read the prior posts. It's quicker, easier and often more informative than making a new one. If you can't find what you're looking for, but think it may exist just note that when you post: "Point me to the existing thread if this has been asked before." That lets people know you tried and generally gives you a more friendly reception.

In addition, try to avoid posting or debating an idea based on hearsay or uninformed opinion. You'll have fewer conflicts if you take a few moments to verify info or read the full article. If you're debating a point it can be helpful to quote your source or share background as to why you feel you're knowledgeable.

Finally, don't try to impress people by making up stuff, thinking you'll look more cool or be more respected. There will always be someone who actually was there, who actually did take that class, who actually did military or LEO service, who actually is knowledgeable on that weapon or situation. They'll recognize your bullcrap immediately and you'll look like an idiot when they call you out. We're not a competition, you don't need to be bigger, faster, tougher, whatever for people to like you. In fact, trying to do so will pretty much insure they don't.

* If you're confused, ask for clarification. If you screw up, apologize.
Both seem to go a long way to avoid problems. Much can be lost in tone and meaning via the internet, which is partly why emoticons were created. Sometimes sarcasm or humor doesn't translate, sometimes a concept is complex and difficult too express, sometimes we post to quickly to be clear, sometimes we simply misunderstand what we read. Ask if something seems really "off", apologize when you've misunderstood or goofed. Generally how someone handles a misunderstanding is more significant than the misunderstanding itself.

* Debate the post, not the person.
If you have a problem with the content of what someone has posted then question, debate, or correct that content. Don't make attacks about the person him/herself. When you do need to address the person separate from the post, try to keep it civil. "You seem ignorant of the details of the topic" or "your personal comments are inappropriate" is better than "you're a f*cking *sshole". If a debate is going on for an extended time it's sometimes better to continue it via private messages so both people can address the issue in a more detailed manner without derailing the thread.

(Though not stated as part of netiquette, my personal exception to this is trolls and people who are obviously playing out their personal issues in public. If you blatantly attack someone or obviously post to be inflammatory then you've opened the door for others to respond in kind.)

* If you're repeatedly having conflicts, first look at your own behavior.
If you're continually violating the guidelines above then you're at fault (at least to some degree) and need to make efforts to follow netiquette. If you're following the guidelines then look to see if you're in the right place. For example, posting on a conservative forum when you're a liberal is naturally going to breed conflict. If you're not out of line with the purpose of the site, then see the next rule.

* Accept that some people are just willful idiots or jerks and will create conflict no matter what you do.
Some people are just incapable of expressing themselves in a respectful manner, especially if there are personal issues or if they have particular prejudices. Others simply don't even try to communicate like a reasonable adult. If you find that you're repeatedly having conflicts look to see if it's often with the same people. Sometimes you find those individuals just start crap with everyone (the "I'm the resident tough guy jerk" persona), sometimes you find they're just idiots, sometimes you find they clearly have some personal issues and it's time to get the mods involved.
Posted by: Russ

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 09:15 PM

Y_T_'s post above could be a sticky.
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 09:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Arney
Actually, it may help us give more specific advice if you could clarify what kinds of situations have been giving you problems, Jeanette.

Let me begin by saying that the use of proper grammar would eliminate a lot of improper etiquette. One problem which seems to follow me wherever I go is the interaction with moderators. With the exception of the one time I was pulled into a conflict before I was officially a member of a given forum, I do what I can to be sure I understand the forum rules before I am officially a member of the said forum. Nevertheless I have been threatened by, temporarily banded by and had posts deleted by moderators. This is why I especially want to hear from moderators. A second problem I often come across is when someone says they want to move the current discussion to private messages. In the majority of the cases they want to say something to me that they don't want anyone else to hear. Hint. A third problem, I will admit, has to do with me. I don't let things go. When someone says to drop it, I don't.

This is somewhat off-topic. In another forum I was often asked, "Why so serious?" After being asked that question for a while, I answered it by posting my life's story in a thread. I was never asked that question since then.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 10:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Y_T_
If a debate is going on for an extended time it's sometimes better to continue it via private messages so both people can address the issue in a more detailed manner without derailing the thread.

I have to disagree with this. Too often, when a conversation is moved from a public forum to private messages, the rules which govern a conversation in a public forum no longer apply in private messages.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Y_T_

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 10:32 PM

Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
This is why I especially want to hear from moderators.
In that case my advice would be to contact the moderators here directly and ask about tips to reduce conflicts or improve your behavior. Or if you haven't had problems here but are concerned, then PM them to just "check in" that you're behaving ok. My observation has been that calling out mods to resolve personal issues on in public setting is a no-no.

Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
A second problem I often come across is when someone says they want to move the current discussion to private messages. In the majority of the cases they want to say something to me that they don't want anyone else to hear. Hint.
It depends on the circumstance. If the conflict is tangental to the thread then often other members or a mod will ask that you take it to PMs since it's not relevant to the topic. In that case it muddies up the discussion. If the conflict is related to or a direct part of the topic I like to keep it in the thread because I feel it's a valid part of the discussion. But if it continues between the same 2 people for more than a few rounds, or starts to become unproductive then it's often best to either kill it or move it to PMs.

Usually I've found misunderstandings are best handled via PMs because it doesn't derail the thread. Then one or both people can return to the thread to edit their post if needed. However, when the argument becomes personal or it's clear the person is raging uninformed or unreasonable (or both) I don't do PMs. The reason is what you've mentioned, where the person has no real intention of trying to resolve the issue, they just want to say all the stuff they aren't allowed to say in public.

I've been in a few situations where on the public forum the person is all "oh, boo-hoo me, I'm so misunderstood and she's just taking it personally", then in private they're spewing ugly, vitriolic and curse-filled attacks which are indeed personal. Usually during a PM these individuals also directly or accidentally reveal that they're lying on the public forum. At best case they're just using it as an excuse to try to browbeat you to conceding their point, not have an actual give-and-take dialog. So in those cases I simply block them, delete any incoming messages, or report them to the mods for abuse. Though in fairness, those situations have been quite rare.

Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
A third problem, I will admit, has to do with me. I don't let things go. When someone says to drop it, I don't.
Honestly, that's not going to go well, ever. wink First, if you continue after someone says drop it you're being disrespectful, since they've already expressed a limit or boundary and you're ignoring it. If that person is a mod then you've set yourself up for probation or banishment.

Second, your time online will likely be much more enjoyable if you learn to recognize the situations where you have to "agree to disagree", as well as recognize the individuals who either cannot be reasoned with (due to ignorance or emotional issues) or don't wish to resolve the situation (out of hatefulness, spite, trolling, or simply an inability to admit they're wrong).

Just some thoughts. I haven't been on this particular forum long so I can't speak for your time here. That's just based on the past decade or more of other internet use. smile
Posted by: Lono

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 10:34 PM

My outlook has worked pretty well for 27+ years - treat online forums like pubs. What you say can be heard by anybody. Can be mis-heard by anybody. You get to hear everybody else's opinion, who can beat that? That can make anybody angry, sometime unreasonably. Speak (write) as clearly as you can muster, it helps. Treat people with the respect you expect to be treated with, but remember you won't get it from everyone. Some of us can't tell jokes. Not everyone will see the humor anyway. Some of us come off as geeky, boring know it alls, even when we're not. There are guys (and gals) just looking for a fight. There are some psychotics, shut-ins, just plain mean people. The right to a broadband connection is nearly an inalienable right, even for raving space loons. Just walk away, your time in the pub isn't worth their gratification. The best thing about this pub is you never have to fight your way out, and there is no last call, most nights. You may want to keep your anonymity online, because you never know who will show up on your doorstep sobbing about some shared experience. But like any pub you can drink and drink until you're stupid drunk, maybe no one will notice, or maybe a bartender (moderator) will warn you last call. You can share your hobbies in the real world in this pub too, including drinking. But finally, be good, be respectful (sorta) to the opposite sex, because you can learn and grow up alot and sometimes get laid if that's what you're looking for, and you don't want to get tossed out of your local, not too often.
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/15/09 10:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Y_T_
First, if you continue after someone says drop it you're being disrespectful, since they've already expressed a limit or boundary and you're ignoring it.

I did not see it that way. Personal boundaries are something I definitely understand. Thank-you for pointing that out.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Alan_Romania

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 01:31 AM

Never type something to someone that you wouldn't say to their face... Never type something to someone that you wouldn't say to them in front of your parents.
Posted by: MoBOB

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 02:49 AM


You present a great question and honesty in your post. Let me add to what some others have said. By your own admission you have been on the "net for a while. You also appear to have an interest in improving your communication skills. Both of these are very large steps forward in personal growth and development.

Here is something I would recommend you do to see how this thing has played out on this particular forum: Go to the "User List" at the top of the page. When you are there sort it by number of posts. Read a good sample of posts from those who have posted over 500, 700 times or whatever you feel is a good number. I believe you will find a pattern in their responses and approaches. I have found them to be well-informed and well-reasoned. Now, that is not to suggest in any way those who have posted less are less informed or reasoned; you just have to have a method.

Another way of looking at this is to think of the person whom you respect the most. Reflect on how well you communicate with them and why. I would suppose you will find you take a measured and mindful approach when speaking with them. Do the same here. Trust me when I say we all want to have you around the campfire so we can here the questions, stories and experiences. I have had nothing but a good time and been treated very well since joining and think you will to.

My $.02
Posted by: MDinana

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 02:03 PM

One of the problems with the internet, as pointed out various ways, is that there ARE no rules. I mean, there are guidelines specific to forums, so that gives direction, but no true "rules."

Like others on here, I think that etiquette calls for being clear when at all possible. More than once I've written something with a bit of irony or sarcasm, then re=read it the next morning and realized that my undertones didn't come through at all.

If you're going to be posting opinions on a board, be prepared to defend them if needed, or accept that others may have issue with them. If you're issuing facts, it's good to know where to direct others that want to see them. If your post mixes both, try to clarify which is which. Above all, I think the "pub" analogy is dead-on, except this is a pub without smoke, you can watch your own TV channel, and you don't get shot down by talking to the opposite sex (thank Sue for bringing that thread to mind).

Watch spelling, punctuation, CAPS, etc. Typo's can be real annoying, and I'm sure that I have a few on this right now. But try to keep them to a minimum. Nobody likes reading a run-on sentence that turns into a paragraph and sounds like a 14 y/o girl chattering into her cell phone while simultaneously watching a movie and talking to her girlfriend about the cute guy on the corner and at the same time deciding whether she wants to eat some ice cream now and has to vomit it up later or just continue to not eat and hope that her parents haven't noticed her eating disorder and maybe she's vomiting because she's pregnant and hopes that they don't know that too and....

Oh yeah, stay try not to wander off topic too far, for too long. That's what new threads and PM's are for. Speaking of PMs, don't be afraid of going into emails. Lots of time they do wonders in clarifying positions and leading to less angst and improved communication clarification.

I know, I just rehashed the entire thread.
Posted by: JCWohlschlag

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 06:55 PM

Another tip to remember is that the Internet is a global medium, so tailor your contributions to a global audience. For example, if you post, “It’s 40° outside,” some people are going to wonder whether you are expressing how cold it is or how hot it is. Try to remove the ambiguity by indicating whether it is 40 °F or 40 °C. If you are really feeling generous, provide a conversion, e.g., 40 °F (4 °C) or 40 °C (104 °F).
Posted by: scafool

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 07:30 PM

Yes, In Canada we have to deal with both metric and imperial all the time.
Please remember to note the sign too, it helps to know if it is above or below freezing.
Posted by: GauchoViejo

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 09:08 PM

Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
Originally Posted By: scafool
Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle

J'amène un flambeau comme un élément de mon EDC.

I bring a torch as part of my EDC.

Jeanette Isabelle

Torch in American or UK English?
Posted by: GauchoViejo

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 09:11 PM

Originally Posted By: JBMat
Excessive use of "leet" language makes you look silly -

English is not my first language so could you please enlighten me? What does "leet" mean? Thanks in advance.
Posted by: MDinana

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 09:21 PM

Originally Posted By: GauchoViejo
Originally Posted By: JBMat
Excessive use of "leet" language makes you look silly -

English is not my first language so could you please enlighten me? What does "leet" mean? Thanks in advance.

Viejo, English IS my first language, y no se tambien.
Posted by: KG2V

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 09:24 PM

Originally Posted By: JCWohlschlag
...snip...“It’s 40° outside,” ...snip...

Now, of course, if you're talking -40, it doesn't matter

(do the math)
Posted by: KG2V

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 09:29 PM

"Leet speak" (or 1337 speak)

It's an Internet meme in the Hacker/cracker among "the elite" - "leet" which often has things like the letter e replaced with 3, and o with 0, T with 7 etc

Frankly, it's an internet form somewhat like cockney rhyming slang

Posted by: Arney

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 09:34 PM

Originally Posted By: KG2V_was_kc2ixe
"Leet speak" (or 1337 speak)

In other words, it's jargon from a specialized or small group of people, and it can annoy other people when you use it too much or when it seems to be used to exclude people. Abbreviations can be similarly annoying.

L8R! wink
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/16/09 10:14 PM

Originally Posted By: GauchoViejo
Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
J'amène un flambeau comme un élément de mon EDC.

I bring a torch as part of my EDC.

Jeanette Isabelle

Torch in American or UK English?

In this situation I am using the British definition of the word "torch" since the traditional French Christmas carol is not "Une Lampe de Poche, Jeanette Isabelle."

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: JBMat

Re: Internet Etiquette - 10/17/09 12:24 AM

"Leet" speak derived early on when the Internet was a series of bulletin boards. Hackers learned that their "secret hiding places" could be found with simple word searches of boards. So "leet" (short for elite) speak was invented. 1337 is leet. Haxxor is hacker. pwn is own, as in "I owned him in that game (I bet him senseless)". By misspelling and by substitution, the guys who hacked into games and such could remain hidden from the searchers. As time went on, the "leet" became more of a derisive than an accomplishment. Now, only true losers use it to any extent.

And let's talk spell check. Usually useless. How many TV news crawls have words spelled wrong? Or words that are correct in spelling, but it's a sound alike - oar and or for example. Makes me crazy.