They Called Me an Idiot! A Review of Web Etiquette

Written by Alvin Apple

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Think about it, when dealing with mistakes or service problems in person, we always try to be polite while still getting our point across, right? That is a basic social rule, but one that has been all but thrown away onrepparttar web. I have read atrocious things online that I believe never would have been spoken aloud hadrepparttar 102127 people involved been inrepparttar 102128 same room together.

Let's try to bring good old fashioned manners torepparttar 102129 web. When composing an email involving a complaint or a correction, write it as though you will be reading it aloud torepparttar 102130 person you're writing to. Yes, you want to get your point across, but do so without being nasty. When posting on a discussion board, try to keep a conversational, even-tempered tone, even if someone has attacked your statement or question. Rise aboverepparttar 102131 situation and keep things polite and decorous. If we all remember our manners,repparttar 102132 web can be a much friendlier, and more professional place.

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Ten Useful Delaying Tactics

Written by Andy Walsh

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7. Go and look at yourself in a mirror. Worry about getting old/going grey/losing your hair/putting on weight/developing spots/whether you need a tuck here and there. The best thing to do is to go and stand in front of a full-length mirror naked. Jump up and down and see which bits wobble. If that doesn't make you break out in a cold sweat, I don't know what will.

8. Dial someone you haven't spoken to in years. Find out what's going on in their lives. Then you can tell them all aboutrepparttar important report you've got to write. They may be sympathetic. They may invite you over for a beer!

9. Create a digital database of your CDs/DVDs/books etc. Even better, go down intorepparttar 102126 basement and drag out all of your old vinyl albums. You haven't seen them for years so you'll need to read allrepparttar 102127 album sleeves again. What ever happened to 'Jefferson Airplane'?

10. Play 'Danger Mail'. If you don't know what this is then I'll explain. You write an email to someone important, such as your boss, and write down allrepparttar 102128 things you hate about them - all their nasty habits, their foibles - everything. Then, hold your finger just over repparttar 102129 'Send' key. In fact, just rest it on top. You are only a second away from ruining your whole life. Cough now and it could all be over!!!! You can spend hours waiting like that.

I guarantee that if you dorepparttar 102130 above, you'll remain inrepparttar 102131 same job for a long while (unless they sack you).

However, if you want to get on in life, ignorerepparttar 102132 above list.

Become focussed. Plan out your report. Make itrepparttar 102133 best you can. And get it to your boss on time. Don't delay, do it today.

Andy Walsh is a househusband and writer living in Cumbria in the UK. He writes novels, short stories and poems some of which you can read at Contact him at

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