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Chat Etiquette

Chat rooms have become a very popular and busy place for people to hang out on the Internet.  It is a good place to meet and talk to people from all around the world. It is just like the telephone or being at a party.


Chat room involvement requires that everyone use proper etiquette as outlined below. Proper etiquette is needed for good relationships and good communication with other people, and it also makes the chat room experience a fun one. Here are some basic chat room rules of proper etiquette that will help your chat room experiences be more pleasant for you as well as the others in the room.


Follow the normal protocol that you would in initiating conversation in the real world and just say, hello, good morning or good afternoon.


Do not verbally abuse, attack, embarrass, or threaten anyone else in the chat room, no matter what they might say to you. You are bound to find some troublemakers on the Internet. The administrator has the right to ban and or kick some out of the chat room.


Keep messages short to avoid “flooding” other people’s screens with a lot of text. If you have a long message, break it into several sentences and send them separately.


Please do not use obscene, offensive, or sexually explicit language. You don’t need to use this kind of language in order to speak to someone or to get your point across to others.


Never type your messages in by using all capital letters. On the Internet, this is considered to be screaming or yelling at another person, and, of course, this is nothing short of rude. If you want to *emphasize* a word or phrase, simply type an asterisk in before and then directly after your word or phrase. This is a widely recognized way to get your point across without being rude.


Remember that you are not anonymous. Most chat rooms keep files of all interactions. When you log on the chat server it has a record of what your IP is. Remember that no chat is private. The chat server keeps files and can identify your IP. They can forward the files to your ISP who can pinpoint the exact address of where the PC he/she was using is located.


And the final rule – Sit back, relax, and enjoy chatting!