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What does it mean to you to be a "good Internet citizen"?
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I see it as holding a modicum of respect and decency when dealing with other people (no flame wars, slander, etc.). But I also see it as holding a baseline of online know-how, including basic HTML understanding, comprehension of the importance of attribution, etc.
 
Great question! I definitely think it involves the respect and decency you mention - modeling good practices for discourse. I think it also involves holding the space you want to have. So, I have no problem deleting a blog comment that's just unconstructively mean. I think that letting this stuff onto my blog only serves to send a message that "flaming is allowed here." And on my blog, it isn't.

That's an interesting idea about basic computer skills being part of online citizenry. Attribution, I totally agree with. Basic HTML, though I agree everyone would be happier online if they had that knowledge, I have trouble including in a basic citizenry toolkit.

Wouldn't it be great if there were a central website that was a kind of free online course in good internet citizenry?
 
Thanks, +Diane Gilleland! I would love to see a central ICS (Internet Citizenship Services) website, including training on how not to be a troll, the proper etiquette for customer support channels, and more! :)

I think that knowing more how the Internet functions is probably more important than knowing basic HTML (though the latter certainly wouldn't hurt anything), so I'll add that one to the ICS curriculum list. Training on how to create secure passwords and how to detect phishing scams or spammy links would also be great, no?
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