Blogs and Chat Forums: The Unofficial Posting Rules

Written by Dina Giolitto,

Have you been hanging around in internet forums and/or making blog comments lately? Public posting is growing ever-popular. One thing I've noticed, is that if you use it for business purposes and you accidentally blurtrepparttar wrong thing, it can get ugly pretty quick. A remark that was never intended to be malevolent turns out to offend somebody, and next thing you know, you're engaged in yet another public forum ping pong match. This can be downright exhausting. So is there a 'proper' way to conduct oneself onrepparttar 142211 network, inrepparttar 142212 forum, and onrepparttar 142213 blog? From what I've seen so far, I have to say yes.

May I present: The Unofficial Internet Posting Rules.

1. Always assume thatrepparttar 142214 other person has good intentions.

There you are, sprinkling comments here and there and having a fine old time, when suddenly up pops someone who begs to differ. A good debate can be envigorating, but if things escalate, you may begin to feel attacked and/or misunderstood. Do you have a right to feel this way? Who is attacking who anyway?

Internet conversations feel remote because they are. You can't diffuse a tense conversation by cracking a joke or meeting someone's eyes with a silent apology. Internet 'arguments' can string along for days because, unlike a verbal argument which quickly fades from your memory, they're harsh words frozen in time. Someone who is ripping you a new one onrepparttar 142215 public forum may actually be a wonderful person who thinks a lot like you, but you wouldn't know because all you see are those hostile words onrepparttar 142216 screen that won't go away!

For this reason, it's unbelievably important not to take internet skirmishes to heart. The truth is, you may be taking offense for no good reason. And even if someone really does seem to be out for your blood... who cares? Click away and they're gone. Besides;repparttar 142217 world is watching. How much of a scene do you want to make?

2. Ditchrepparttar 142218 sarcasm.

Sarcasm really does not translate onrepparttar 142219 internet. Sarcasm is my favorite form of communication, so believe me I've tried. People can't tell by your tone or gestures if you're serious, kidding, scathing, or what, so if you want to communicate effectively and efficiently, steer clear of sarcasm. I'll give you an example of sarcasm causing confusion onrepparttar 142220 internet.

Networker 1: Say, Networker 2, how was that teleseminar you attended?

Networker 2: It was really something special.

"It was really something special." Hmmm. What could that mean, exactly? Sounds a little smart-alecky, but who knows! The reader can't be sure, so a straightforward answer might berepparttar 142221 better option. "The guy was a good speaker, but I felt like he was telling me things I already knew. I'll have to pick a more advanced course next time." Now, there's a complete answer that's based in fact and well-expressed!

Some people use emoticons to convey when they're being sarcastic, such asrepparttar 142222 smiley :) for "just kidding" ,repparttar 142223 wink ;) which might mean, "I'm just teasing," orrepparttar 142224 guy-with-his-tongue-out :P-- "I know I'm being goofy." Other people use internet gestures, likerepparttar 142225 *grin* andrepparttar 142226 :::shiver:::.

Emoticons are okay for a less formal public forum setting, but not so much for business networking. Use them sparingly. How are you supposed to appear professional if you're throwing (((hugs))) everyone's way? I don't know about you, but I don't go around hugging people I don't know!

All this being said: stick to literal communication whenever possible. I know more than anybody how tough this is. If you're really unsure about it, you can always just be a forum 'lurker' for a while, until you getrepparttar 142227 hang of how it's done. 3. Instead of offering opinions, ask questions.

People love to argue. Make a statement, and by God, someone out there is going to contradict it. If you enjoy and know how to playrepparttar 142228 debate game, take them on... it will be a learning experience for all. But if conflict makes your tummy hurt, you can spur on a discussion in a more genteel way; by asking questions!

DirectTV vs Dish Network: Which is Better?

Written by Al Falaq Arsendatama

The numbers of those who just connect their TV to a simple roof top antenna can probably be counted onrepparttar fingers of one hand. I assume you are not one of those minimalists who need 30 minutes of news programming to get by in a day. Most likely, you are one of those millions who want 200+ channels in their home and are wondering which ofrepparttar 142155 biggies to choose.

There are hundreds of websites offering detailed price lists, programming analysis and freebies. I will not attempt to compete with them. By a simple comparison of costs, you are unlikely to get a good idea ofrepparttar 142156 content and value of these channels. Therefore, we need to look atrepparttar 142157 viewing audience and see whatrepparttar 142158 specific requirements of user groups are. On pricing, let me make a few general statements first:

  • Nothing is free. When any ofrepparttar 142159 networks offers you free equipment and installation, it is only deferring payments over a year. Both DirecTV and Dish Network require you to commit on a one-year subscription.
  • If you are an average watcher - say 2-3 hours per day - then, over a two-year subscription - your costs with DirecTV or with Dish Network will be very similar.

To help you decide, I have broken down viewing audience into a few well-defined sub-groups. We will look atrepparttar 142160 networks from their differing perspectives.

Working Families - viewing primarily in evening hours or on weekends

  • Requirements: parental control on specific channels (children may be unsupervised duringrepparttar 142161 day), control over pay per view, adequate children programming and info-entertainment channels. OK sports coverage. Availability of Internet, local channels.
  • Recommendation: either DirecTV or Dish Network is good enough. Select on least cost basis - Dish Network is marginally ahead here.

Housewives at home - not working

  • Requirements: recording capability, good film channel availability, good HD TV.
  • Recommendation: Dish Network.

Elderly people

  • Requirements: good film channels, good news coverage, religion channels. Internet, sports, simpler choice of equipment.
  • Recommendation: Dish Network

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