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Internet Code of Conduct

Internet Code of Conduct

The Internet relies on the cooperation of its constituents -- users with users, service providers with other service providers, and users and service providers with one another.

The following guidelines for conduct were developed from an Internet Society (ISOC) document available online at (

Mailing lists, newsgroups and bulletin boards

  • Post within the forum's scope/topic.
  • Avoid redundant, empty, or stupid postings.
  • Respect the opinions of other participants.
  • Be careful about the lack of social cues and possible ambiguities in text communications.
  • Use common courtesy when posting critical, negative comments (avoid flaming).
  • Be sensitive to the forum's standards in respect to obscenity.
  • Do not use expressions that are considered sexually harassing, racial, or in some way discriminitory.


  • Do not post to lists or boards or newsgroups whose purpose states no advertising.
  • Use browsing services such as WAIS, gopher, and WWW to list products and services.
  • Use email-enabled information services like mailing lists to which users can subscribe or send email to obtain information.


  • Do not invade the personal privacy of other users.
  • Do not forward email without permission.
  • Do not deliberately break into computer systems.


  • System break-ins or aiding others to break into systems is illegal.
  • Getting passwords or other access information by fraudulently is unacceptable.

Intellectual Property

  • Copying or making available copies of protected works without the author's permission is illegal.
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