* Carefully select which group is best suited for your message, rather than cross-posting, which seems to annoy other users. Have a good "lurk" before posting.
* Use an adapted email address for your postings to cut the chance of being "spammed".
* Accept advice with care. Unless the responder is a known expert, get their suggestions validated.
* Keep a check on the time you spend in "virtual" staffrooms. Focus on your priorities.
Don't * Use capital letters - it's tantamount to shouting.
* Give out personal contact details when posting to a whole group.
* Use sarcasm or irony in your messages. If there is a chance you will be misunderstood, use an "emoticon" (see right) to clarify matters.
* Tak the bait if someone replies to your message with rudeness or sarcasm (called flaming). This is generally done to wind people up, so don't give them the satisfaction.
* Post identifiable details of your school or pupils. You can still outline what has happened without risking the wrath of a switched-on Net lawyer!
Smileys (emoticons) : Nerdy or necessary?
Opinion varies but it's worth knowing what these are if only to interpret them in other messages posted.:-) smilinghappy:-o shockedamazed:-( sadunhappy:-I angry
Usenet language Learning key abbreviations will save time:
AFAIK as far as I know
BTW by the way
FWIW for what its worth
FYI for your information
IMO in my opinion
LOL laughing out loud
OIC oh I see
OTOH on the other hand
Rough Guide to the Internet 2000, by Angus J Kennedy and The Virgin Family Internet Guide are invaluable for busy Net users.