Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Swap Shop Tip of the Day: Be Polite!

The swap shops on the Network are growing by leaps and bounds, which is a very good thing!  It has provided a way not only to buy, sell and trade items, but also to make great new friends with common interests.

However, some folks, no matter how hard you try, just aren't polite.  So, what's a person to do about that?

Here is an clip from an article  HOW TO BE POLITE WHEN YOU ARE ONLINE

Don’t spam
Within the context of Usenet and discussion boards, “spamming” refers to repeatedly posting the same message on a message board. This is considered poor etiquette and will usually result in the spammer’s removal from the forum or Usenet group.
Don’t be a troll
A “troll” refers to someone who repeatedly posts the same message in a forum (spamming) or someone who enters a forum purely to flame other participants. “Trolling” is not acceptable in online communities and can result in one’s being banned from the forum or Usenet group. A “troll” can also refer to someone who has multiple usernames on the same forum.
Stay on topic
When you submit an off-topic post to a thread, it detracts from the discussion at hand. If you wish to discuss a new topic, you must begin a new thread.
Don’t type in all capital letters
Typing in all capital letters on the Internet is considered rude because it is difficult to read and comes across as very aggressive. Turn off your caps lock before posting!
Try to spell correctly and use proper grammar
You should make every effort to spell correctly and use proper grammar within forums and discussion groups. If a post is incoherent, moderators and administrators may delete it.
Don’t get too carried away “flaming”
“Flaming”, within the domain of online communities, refers to heated exchange on a message board or in a chat room. In general, flaming is permissible only when it does not involve ad hominem attacks on other participants in the forum.
Try not to get banned
Being “banned” means that you are barred from posting in a forum or chatting in a chat room. It usually occurs because you have violated the rules of the forum or chat room and an administrator decided to prevent you from being able to do so again.

So, let's play fair, and be nice to each other!

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