15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC]

“Netiquette” refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.

Netiquette in Online Discussion Boards infographic

  1. Before posting your question to a discussion board, check if anyone has asked it already and received a reply. Just as you wouldn’t repeat a topic of discussion right after it happened in real life, don’t do that in discussion boards either.
  2. Stay on topic – Don’t post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts, or pictures.
  3. Don’t type in ALL CAPS! If you do, it will look like you’re screaming.
  4. Don’t write anything that sounds angry or sarcastic, even as a joke, because without hearing your tone of voice, your peers might not realize you’re joking.
  5. Always remember to say “Please” and “Thank you” when soliciting help from your classmates.
  6. Respect the opinions of your classmates. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in your classmate’s argument. Acknowledge that others are entitled to have their own perspective on the issue.
  7. If you reply to a question from a classmate, make sure your answer is accurate! If you’re not 100% sure when the paper is due, DO NOT GUESS! Otherwise, you could really mess things up for your classmates and they will not appreciate it.
  8. If you ask a question and many people respond, summarize all answers and post that summary to benefit your whole class.
  9. Be brief. If you write a long dissertation in response to a simple question, it’s unlikely that anyone will spend the time to read through it all.
  10. Don’t badmouth others or call them stupid. You may disagree with their ideas, but don’t mock the person.
  11. If you refer to something your classmate said earlier in the discussion, quote justa few key lines from their post so that others wont have to go back and figure out which post you’re referring to.
  12. Before asking a question, check the class FAQs or search the internet to see if the answer is obvious or easy to find.
  13. Check the most recent comments before you reply to an older comment, since the issue might have already been resolved or opinions may have changed.
  14. Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, don’t badger him or her for it. Just let it go – it happens to the best of us.
  15. Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything to the discussion board. It only takes a minute, and can make the difference between sounding like a fool and sounding knowledgeable.

RULE OF THUMB: If you wouldn’t do or say something in real life, don’t do it online either.

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61 comments for “15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC]

  1. Vicki Bradford
    June 12, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Is there anyway I can print this infographic out for my classroom?

    • Markie
      July 8, 2017 at 3:04 am

      Im sure that it can be saved and printed out. I’d double check it out though.

  2. Jay
    June 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I’m assuming by the embed code that this poster is free to duplicate? I would like to use it as a classroom poster in our schools. Is that allowed? Thank you.

    • Rachel
      June 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Yes, you may duplicate the poster and share it with others, provided that you attribute credit to Touro College wherever you share it. Enjoy!

    • Markie Taube
      July 8, 2017 at 3:05 am

      Im sure that it can be saved and printed out. I’d double check it out though.

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  7. Dan Short
    June 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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  10. Alondra
    January 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm

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  11. Janet Watson
    January 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Excellent article ! Most appropriate.

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    February 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm

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    March 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm

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  14. Kim
    July 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I have actually read this post before. It is very clear and concise.

  15. July 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    These are very helpful ideas and I can see that they can help improve the educational experience for students and instructors.

  16. Jailynn
    July 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Very Informative.

  17. Jael Scott
    August 20, 2017 at 1:06 am

    15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards help with internet behavior.

  18. August 22, 2017 at 9:15 am

    These are some extremely useful tips. Students really need to follow these when postinng on discussion forums and even asking their doubts on online tutoring platforms like transtutors, myassignmenthelp, etc.

    • Jeff
      March 5, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      I agree with you! Some students are posting some crazy things! haha

  19. Jordan Wilson
    August 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Always make sure you think before you post it

    • Shelly
      September 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      That is for sure.

  20. September 9, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I feel as if online communication or discussion is a very credible form of education. Thanks for the nice infographics.

  21. Sherrie
    December 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Great advice!

  22. Peggie B Knight
    January 6, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Nicely compiled information. Thank you for the guidance.

  23. January 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Very Informative Infographic.

  24. Michelle Scott
    January 17, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you for this information.

  25. Kasandra Patterson
    January 18, 2018 at 1:01 am

    This very informative

  26. Cami Thomas
    January 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

    “Netiquette” is etiquette for the internet. The most important rule, or rule of thumb is don’t do something online that you wouldn’t do in real life.

  27. Amanda Anderson
    January 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Great advice

  28. Tanijah Thompson
    February 2, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Very helpful article and advice

  29. February 4, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.

  30. March 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

    This is a great post about a subject not addressed enough. Blogs are the best way to communicate with a vast assortment of opinions. People who use foul language or berate others in post do harm to themselves as these forums are closing fast due to such behavior. Thanks for the continued great work here.

  31. Kyle DeJong
    March 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Great article! Very helpful and informative.

  32. Kiley Aldred
    April 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Great, thank you for sharing!

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