7.1.The term Netiquette is the contraction of Net (abbreviation of the words Internet and Network at the same time) and etiquette. Netiquette is a charter which defines the rules of behavior and politeness adopted on the first media of communications made available on the Internet. The official document defining the rules of Netiquette is RFC 1855, issued in October 1995. Netiquette’s golden rule is: Don’t use the Internet as a shield to do something you wouldn’t do during a real face-to-face conversation with your correspondent. In Usenet, each user can, must and has the right to express his opinion as long as he/she does not offend anyone. “Flaming”, which is the practice of posting hostile and/or offensive message on a discussion group, on Usenet, on a forum, on a website or a mailing list, is strictly prohibited. Therefore, posting contents : that are advertising disguised as opinion; – that are intentionally non-objective or misleading;
– whose publication represents or could represent an attack on the copyright or other third parties;
– that contain pornography, are contrary to good morals or have any other indecent element (especially under the form of images);
– whose nature can pose a threat to young people, have negative effects on them or harm them;
– that are of a condemnable or defamatory nature;
– that are of an anti-constitutional or extremist nature or that come from prohibited groups;
– that contains viruses or other elements which have a negative effect on software or the material of other computers or that can damage them; is strictly prohibited.
The Usenet user is asked not to participate in a group as soon as he/she joins it. At first, the user is advised to take some time to assimilate recent discussions, pick out the regular participants (who will undoubtedly be those with whom you will be in touch with most), and identify the subjects and topics that are upsetting, in order to avoid any misunderstanding that could end in you having the reputation of not being a very serious participant.