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[net-i-kit, ‐ket] /ˈnɛt ɪ kɪt, ‐ˌkɛt/
the rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, especially the Internet.
Origin of netiquette
1980-85; blend of network + etiquette Unabridged
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Examples from the web for netiquette
  • If you are looking at specific industries and companies, asking about the correct netiquette is a good question for your contacts.
  • netiquette seems to have gone the same way that politeness and good manners have.
  • Many search engines comply with these postings as a matter of netiquette.
  • Also, your discussion rubric should include something about proper netiquette and respect for other students.
  • When posting messages to the list, please observe conventional netiquette.
  • He was referring to your poor netiquette of using all caps, which is rude and difficult to read.
British Dictionary definitions for netiquette


the informal code of behaviour on the internet
Word Origin
C20: from net(work) + (et)iquette
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for netiquette

1993, coined punningly from net, short for Internet + etiquette.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for netiquette



The etiquette of the Internet; polite online behavior: the ''netiquette'' that prevailed in its early days is breaking down/ This clash isn't even about the future of ''netiquette'' (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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netiquette in Technology
convention, networking
/net'ee-ket/ or /net'i-ket/ Network etiquette.
The conventions of politeness recognised on Usenet and in mailing lists, such as not (cross-)posting to inappropriate groups and refraining from commercial advertising outside the biz groups.
The most important rule of netiquette is "Think before you post". If what you intend to post will not make a positive contribution to the newsgroup and be of interest to several readers, don't post it! Personal messages to one or two individuals should not be posted to newsgroups, use private e-mail instead.
When following up an article, quote the minimum necessary to give some context to your reply and be careful to attribute the quote to the right person. If the article you are responding to was posted to several groups, edit the distribution ("Newsgroups:") header to contain only those groups which are appropriate to your reply, especially if the original message was posted to one or more inappropriate groups in the first place.
Re-read and edit your posting carefully before you post. Check the spelling and grammar. Keep your lines to less than 70 characters. Don't post test messages (except to test groups) - wait until you have something to say. When posting humorous or sarcastic comments, it is conventional to append a smiley, but don't overuse them.
Before asking a question, read the messages already in the group and read the group's FAQ if it has one. When you do post a question, follow it with "please reply by mail and I will post a summary if requested" and make sure you DO post a summary if requested, or if only a few people were interested, send them a summary by mail. This avoids umpteen people posting the same answer to the group and umpteen others posting "me too"s.
If you believe someone has violated netiquette, send them a message by __private e-mail__, DO NOT post a follow-up to the news. And be polite, they may not realise their mistake, they might be a beginner or may not even have been responsible for the "crime" - their account may have been used by someone else or their address forged.
Be proud of your postings but don't post just to see your name in pixels. Remember: your future employer may be reading.
Netiquette for Usenet Site Administrators (
"net.acceptable" (
[Jargon File]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for netiquette


[Inter]net etiquette
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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