Many of the same conventions that apply to newsgroups and e-mail are
also relevant in chatrooms. You're still just typing your thoughts and sending
them to people, but in a chatroom, they're just a little quicker to respond.
Since there are a wide range of chatrooms available on the Net, it also
follows that there are different standards of behaviour depending on your
particular group. Something that may be perfectly OK in one chatroom, like using
profanity, may be totally unacceptable in another.
There are some universal conventions that will be good advice no matter
where you're chatting.
Avoid Using ALL CAPS
Still considered yelling. You'll
be quickly scolded. Increasing your font size or typing in bold is just as bad.
Decide What Tone the Conversation Has Before
Don't use offensive language or nicknames, unless you're in
a chatroom that likes that kind of thing. Always avoid making personal attacks
and calling names.
Don't "Flood" the Chatroom
Flooding is repeating
messages over and over, or filling the screen with gibberish, in order to impede
communication in the chatroom. This kind of behaviour belongs back in grade
school, and that's whom you'll be associated with if you like to flood
Don't Flirt with Everyone in the Chatroom
go without saying, but we've all had to endure far too many annoying chatroom
come-on's. Save the promiscuity for one-on-one correspondences please.
Be Nice to Newbies
We were all there once. If someone
stumbles into your chat, who is obviously new to this medium, show them some
patience and help them get the hang of it.