Jan 21, 2008

How About Some Netiquette Please

I have spent most of the day surfing the web, or Blog-hopping, if you will. I am so annoyed!
Is it so difficult for people to communicate?
What the hell am I talking about you may be wondering.
Of course it's not difficult to communicate, we are Bloggers. I say bullshit!
We behave online in the rudest of ways.

You come to a Site, you click on a link, and nothing happens. What do you do? Do you just leave and flit on to the next Site or do you contact the Author to let him/her know about the broken link? I would bet that 9 out of 10 just flit on to the next site.
What would you do in real life if say, someone's slip is showing or their fly was unzipped? You would most likely tell that person. Right?

I came upon a fairly reputable and high volume Site and clicked on a link and it took me straight to a Porno Site! Now the Site I am talking about sells Newsletters and is very professional. I can only assume that no one had told them that this was an issue.
I emailed the Author/Owner through their Contact form and she was just as surprised as I was.
Can you imagine how many people have clicked that same exact link and didn't have the courtesy or the gumption to shoot off an email.
What is wrong with people today? Are we really that self-centered? I find it unbelievable that there are something like 4 million Blogs, so I would naturally assume that 4 million people Author a Blog....Hmmmm is it me?

The next time you come upon a Site and something is broken why not use the Contact link that most have so prominently displayed and contact the Author?
Wouldn't you want to know if something was broken on your Blog? I think so.
This is simple "NETIQUETTE" and if you don't know what that is, here's a link (that works) go check it out. If you aren't to damned lazy to click that is!

Here's an excerpt (in case you are too lazy):

In real life, most people are fairly law-abiding, either by disposition or because we're afraid of getting caught. In cyberspace, the chances of getting caught sometimes seem slim. And, perhaps because people sometimes forget that there's a human being on the other side of the computer, some people think that a lower standard of ethics or personal behavior is acceptable in cyberspace.
The confusion may be understandable, but these people are mistaken. Standards of behavior may be different in some areas of cyberspace, but they are not lower than in real life.

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