So the internet has been around for quite a little while now, but I am still constantly plagued by people who can’t follow netiquette. I belong to more than a couple of newsgroups, and people seem to consistently forget or ignore these particular rules:
Follow the damn instructions! I’m on a few art job lists, and just the other day a job offer came in to everyone on the list. The post described the job and then finished with “please contact me, if you are interested and can provide a sample in this style.” So a guy posts this in the next message – to the entire list of 26 people:
Im interested in this job
can i participate?
have i another chance????
Lesson number one in how to embarrass yourself in e-public. It’s a thing of beauty that J replied back to the list exactly this, and nothing more:
“please contact me, if you are interested and can provide a sample in this style.”
ALL CAPS IS ANNOYING! I’m on a list for gigs in BC, and one promoter posts there regularly. Her posts, many of which are quite long, are entirely in allcaps. And then she adds at the bottom “I USE CAPITALS..IM NOT YELLING..I LIKE IT”
Well you may like it, but you’re probably the only one and you’re on a public forum where I assume you are not actively trying to dissuade people from reading your promos. To me, that’s what the effect is.
When replying to a post/email – don’t quote unnecessary text. I get some of my group messages in digest format, and it’s incredibly annoying to have to scroll through literally pages of old quoted junk to get to the new stuff. Check out this one message below. Note that the actual meat of the post is 6 lines out of about 55, and that this one post is out of about a dozen I got in the digest.