They Called Me an Idiot! A Review of Web Etiquette

Written by Alvin Apple

Recently I received an email from someone who had read one of my articles online. This reader told me that, while reading my article, she had noticed that I had used "their" where I needed "they're." A simple mistake, but one that could have been avoided with a little better proofreading on my part. I would have been pleased to receive this reminder to be more astute, butrepparttar message didn't stop there. The reader went on to call me, among other things, an idiot.

Now we all make mistakes, and we all have our pet peeves. (Mine happens to be dawdlers.) Clearly this reader's peeve isrepparttar 102127 mixing up of homonyms, and my mistake made me a criminal in her eyes. Thus, hidden behindrepparttar 102128 anonymity of email, she attacked.

As a frequently published author, I am used to criticism, and always open to a reminder to pay more attention, even if that reminder stings a little atrepparttar 102129 time. I am not, however, nor do I think I will ever be, open to being called an idiot. Was I upset by this person? Mildly. Do I think there's a problem with web etiquette in general? Absolutely. The insulting reader wasn't doing anything different than so many other self-appointed web critics do allrepparttar 102130 time.

The basic problem with web etiquette lies inrepparttar 102131 inherent anonymity of e-correspondence. The fact that we can't see someone, or hear their voice, does not entitle us to treat them rudely. Anonymity makes us bold, and some of us tend to forget our manners when sending emails or posting on discussion boards. I have a feeling that if this reader had been speaking to me face to facerepparttar 102132 word "idiot" would never have been invoked.

Ten Useful Delaying Tactics

Written by Andy Walsh

Imaginerepparttar scene. You need to prepare a report that has to be with your bossrepparttar 102126 following day. It'srepparttar 102127 big one - if you impress him you're on your way up. The success you've craved is only a matter of a few hours away.

But then...

It starts...

Your mind begins to drift and you find other things to occupy your time. The following is a helpful list that will ensure that your report will be delayed and that you'll blow everything you've worked for. Remember, if you do allrepparttar 102128 things on this list, you'll NEVER suffer from executive stress (you'll never be an executive).

1. Start running Norton Anti Virus (or similar). Sit there and watch it work through all your files. Atrepparttar 102129 same time, you could use your Maintenance Wizard and defragment your disk. It's probably been a long time since you've done it so it'll waste a good chunk of time.

2. Check all your old emails. Reply to a few that you've neglected. Check your message rules and create a few new ones. Check out some of repparttar 102130 items onrepparttar 102131 menus that you've not read before.

3. Make coffee. Make lots of it. Invite friends over. Run out of coffee. Have to go torepparttar 102132 supermarket. Meet some more friends. Be invited out for lunch. Drink too much and come back home inrepparttar 102133 small hours ofrepparttar 102134 morning.

4. Look out ofrepparttar 102135 window. Notice things that you've never seen before. Countrepparttar 102136 number of leaves there are onrepparttar 102137 tree opposite.

5. Get online and surf. Find a good chat room. Talk to as many people about today's game as you can. Post a few messages on a message board. Find out what's going on in Boulder. Checkrepparttar 102138 CNN page. Develop an interest in World Politics.

6. Find that CD Tutorial you bought a few years back. 'How to Speak Spanish'. See if you can get further than ordering a beer in a bar.

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