- When you first join an online community, you should...
tell the group why they're lucky to have you with them now
introduce yourself and share your expectations with the group
keep quiet, so that you don't affect interaction in the established community
post all your doubts about teaching and computers (or any other topic!)
- Lurking (observing the group's activity quietly) is...
wrong, one should not take advantage of other people's work online like that.
OK, especially at the first stages of your online interaction.
good, especially if you're not an expert on the topic.
a must, unless you're invited to lead a discussion, or asked a question directly
- Which of the following makes the best subject line?
August 26, 2006
Request for help
Problems uploading photos to our Frappr map
Message from Gladys
- How should you sign messages in a group?
your full name, degree and email address
your full name, country, place of work and favourite quotation
with your Yahoo user name
your name (as you'd like the group to address you)
- What's the best way to greet somebody on a personal event (e.g. birthday)?
Post the group, so that everybody knows you've greeted them
Contact them off-list (e.g. via email), so as to avoid overwhelming the list
Post them via email and on the list, so that they don't miss your greeting
Do not greet them, online groups are not for socializing!
- Which is true about using BLOCK LETTERS in your messages?
It's inappropriate, equivalent to shouting in f2f interaction.
It's an appropriate way of helping readers with sore eyes.
It's fine, though it doesn't look nice...
It's OK, letters are just that!
- When replying to messages, you should...
not include the original message at all.
include the whole original message(s)
include the whole digest for the original message
include only the relevant sections of the original message(s)
- Flaming (Criticizing harshly on a web site, blog, e-mail etc.)is...
acceptable if provoked by a previous post.
unacceptable, sometimes even a reason to be banned from an online community.
natural in an online community, people quarrel from time to time.
not recommendable, but sometimes unavoidable, due to intercultural misunderstandings.
- If going away, or unable to participate in online interaction for a while, you should...
ask the group not to discuss important issues until you join them back.
let the group know you'll be "away", and offer some way to contact you for urgent issues, if possible.
tell the group all about while you won't be able to interact regularly.
- If you should decide to unsubscribe, first you should...
do nothing. Simply request unsubscription.
post a message saying goodbye.
post a message explaining why you're unsubscribing.
post a message explaining why you're unsubscribing and thanking everyone for what they've given you.