TIP OF THE WEEK:   "Netiquette" is network etiquette, the do's and don'ts of online communication. Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal "rules of the road" of cyberspace. Click here for the often cited Rules of Netiquette for cyberspace communicating. Basically, it's a Golden Rule thing and probably varies depending on where you are.  If you are e-mailing someone you don't know very well or in a business venue, pay strict heed to the rules.  If you are chatting one-on-one to your best friend, you can relax a bit knowing they will understand and love you in spite of your faus pax.  Different chat rooms or newsgroups have their own set of rules so be sure and read them thoroughly or you may find yourself banned from the room.  The Internet is a great equalizer and so far most have played by the rules, making it an enjoyable cyberworld for us all to enjoy.
PLUGGER'S PICKS:  In my humble opinion, manners are what separates people from animals.  If you need a reference, check out these cyberspots for tips on etiquette:
Miss Manners in the Washington Post

Adolescent Adulthood

The Original Tipping Page with handy calculator

Manners International

Cell phone manners (had to happen!)


Manners for Kids

Perfect Paws - Manners for your dog (I am not kidding!)

Etiquette for our National Flag

Manners of American Society circa 1893

Mind your Manners

Disability Etiquette Handbook

Rules of Etiquette for Guests at a Japanese Tea Ceremony