[5.4] How can I find out about general netiquette so I don't embarrass myself?
- Do not say, "Please respond by
e-mail because I don't normally
read this newsgroup". If you don't have enough time
for the newsgroup, don't expect the newsgroup to have enough time for
- Do not post questions that are answered in the newsgroup's
FAQ. That's like saying your time (to read the FAQ) is more valuable than the
time of hundreds and hundreds of others (to answer your question). Tres
uncool. Read the FAQ first!
- Do not cross post your question to a big pile of newsgroups.
Post to the newsgroup (singular) that best fits your
question. If you don't get an answer in the "right"
newsgroup, post somewhere else but redirect followups back to the "right"
- Do not top-post. In other words, don't type your reply
above the previous author's text. Even if top-posting seems "natural" or
"obvious" or "better," don't do it — it's not the comp.lang.c++
- Do not post HTML or "rich text." Like it or not,
comp.lang.c++ is a plain-text newsgroup.
- Do not post "attachments."
- Do not refer to "C/C++." Some people get testy about that,
and will (unfortunately!) ignore everything else you say just to correct you
with something like, "There is no such language." It borders on pathetic, but
you'll probably be okay if you say "C or C++" instead of "C/C++."
- Do not confuse a class with an object. E.g., don't say,
"How can I allocate a class?" or "My code creates a class via new." If you
say something like that, at least a few people won't even bother to answer the
question you intended to ask, but will instead use their entire reply simply
to correct the words you used. Sigh (x2).
Many more general netiquette questions are answered in the newsgroup
news.announce.newusers. This newsgroup contains many must-read
articles for new users.
BTW here's a cute joke that tells you how people feel about top-posting (with
credits to "Gordon" on apihna):
A: Top posting!
Q: What is the most irritating thing on Usenet?