netiquette

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(n.) Contraction of network etiquette; the conventions of politeness observed on Usenet, in mailing lists, and in Internet communications in general. Guidelines include not posting to inappropriate groups and refraining from commercial advertising. Personal messages to one or two individuals should not be posted to newsgroups. When responding to an earlier posting, the minimum necessary context should be quoted. Lines should be less than 70 characters long. Before asking a question, a user should read the existing messages in the group’s frequently asked questions (FAQ).