#atozchallenge: Netizen

netizen =
Internet + citizen


A netizen is a citizen of this electronic world we call the Internet. To be a good netizen is to follow the rules of netiquette (Internet etiquette), which have evolved over the years and boil down to “don’t be a jerk.” Don’t start flame wars, don’t be a troll, don’t spam or crosspost to groups that have nothing to do with what you’re posting about, obey the site rules or incur the wrath of the owner, do your due diligence before you ask for help with something, and remember, what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet forever, where your family, your employer, your pastor, the Legion of Decency, the Department of Homeland Security, computer forensics technicians, and social justice warriors all over the world can see what a jerk you are and what kind of horrible stuff you’ve been looking at and saying.

Now run along and try to have fun…


Can you think of any other rules that might apply here?


18 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Netizen

  1. You’ve summed it up, don’t be a jerk. I learned a new word, thank you. Don’t expect people to visit your blog and leave comments if you aren’t willing to do the same. I especially like the one that says if you wouldn’t do it the the real world, don’t do it on the Internet.

    Melissa Sugar @
    Melissa Sugar Writes


  2. I had no idea there is a word like that. The common decency of not being rude. One can have a difference of opinion but one doesn’t have to be rude about it…..that goes for anything, whether it be on the net or I the real world.


    1. Interesting… I’ve heard it at least the last ten years… but then, I read a lot of computer and Internet-related articles and magazines, so I would, I guess…


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