Aggie Honor Code & Netiquette

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Aggie Honor Code

At Texas A&M, academic misconduct and dishonesty are taken very seriously. Aggies are expected to behave ethically and exemplify integrity in all they do.

Simply put, the Aggie Honor Code states:

"An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do."

Learn more about the Aggie Honor Code, including definitions, rules, and processes for adhering to this policy.

 

The Core Rules of Netiquette (Internet Etiquette)

Rule 1. Remember the human. Never forget that the person reading your mail or posting is, indeed, a person, with feelings that can be hurt.

Corollary 1: It's not nice to hurt other people's feelings.
Corollary 2: Never mail or post anything you wouldn't say to your reader's face.
Corollary 3: Notify your readers when flaming.

Rule 2. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life.

Corollary 1: Be ethical.
Corollary 2: Breaking the law is bad Netiquette.

Rule 3. Know where you are in cyberspace.

Corollary 1: Netiquette varies from domain to domain.
Corollary 2: Lurk before you leap.

Rule 4. Respect other people's time and bandwidth.

Corollary 1: It's OK to think that what you're doing at the moment is the most important thing in the universe, but don't expect everyone else to agree with you.
Corollary 2: Post messages to the appropriate discussion group.
Corollary 3: Try not to ask foolish questions on discussion groups.
Corollary 4: Read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document.
Corollary 5: When appropriate, use private email instead of posting to the group.
Corollary 6: Don't post subscribe, unsubscribe, or FAQ requests.
Corollary 7: Don't waste expert readers' time by posting basic information.
Corollary 8: If you disagree with the premise of a particular discussion group, don't waste the time and bandwidth of the members by telling them how foolish you think they are. Just stay away.
Corollary 9: Conserve bandwidth when you retrieve information from a host or server.

Rule 5. Make yourself look good online.

Corollary 1: Check grammar and spelling before you post.
Corollary 2: Know what you're talking about and make sense.
Corollary 3: Don't post flame-bait.

 

Rule 6. Share expert knowledge.

Corollary 1: Offer answers and help to people who ask questions on discussion groups.
Corollary 2: If you've received email answers to a posted question, summarize them and post the summary to the discussion group.

Rule 7. Help keep flame wars under control.

Corollary 1: Don't respond to flame-bait.
Corollary 2: Don't post spelling or grammar flames.
Corollary 3: If you've posted flame-bait or perpetuated a flame war, apologize.

Rule 8. Respect other people's privacy. Don't read other people's private email.

Rule 9. Don't abuse your power. The more power you have, the more important it is that you use it well.

Rule 10. Be forgiving of other people's mistakes. You were a Net newb once, too!

Excerpted from "Netiquette" by Virginia Shea, ISBN 0-9637025-1-3, Albion Books, PO Box 590594, San Francisco 94159, info@albion.com, Copyright 1994 Virginia Shea.

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