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for Netiquette by Virginia Shea
published by Albion Books, San Francisco

Editor's Note: The bound edition of this book contains footnotes which appear at the foot of the page where cited. Formatting for World Wide Web has impeded preserving footnotes on each page. Consequently, this online edition contains these endnotes. We hope you'll find this arrangement to your liking.

Endnote #1 (Page 19)
William Gibson invented the term cyberspace -- and this definition for it -- in his book Neuromancer, the original cyberpunk novel.
Endnote #2 (Page 20)
Quarterman's book The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide is an excellent overview of the net (Digital Press, 1990).
Endnote #3 (Page 20)
The great John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and lyricist for the Grateful Dead.
Endnote #4 (Page 21)
Vaporware: Software that exists only in the imagination of the marketing department.
Endnote #5 (Page 23)
Flames are angry letters or discussion group postings, usually sent in response to an offensive letter. A bozo filter (also called a kill file) allows a reader to avoid seeing mail from anyone he or she considers a bozo.
Endnote #6 (Page 25)
This definition is cribbed from Quarterman's The Matrix, p. 278.
Endnote #7 (Page 26)
For an excellent guide to Internet and other cyberspace resources, pick up NetGuide, from Random House Electronic Publishing.
Endnote #8 (Page 40)
For readers who don't remember carbon paper: It's like the black stuff they put between the sheets of your Visa receipt, only in 8 1/2" x 11" pages. People used to put it between sheets of typing paper and make their copies at the same time as the original. It saved a lot of time at the copier, which was an especially good thing given that hardly anyone had copiers.
Endnote #9 (Page 41)
Actually, there's a controversy on the net -- not exactly raging, but ongoing -- over how important these issues are. Some people believe that electronic communication should be spontaneous and from-the-hip. They don't think anyone should worry about spelling or grammar. Others feel it's worthwhile to think before you post, and that bad spelling and grammar make a bad impression. Obviously, I belong to the second group. However, spelling and grammar flames are always bad form. See Rule 7.
Endnote #10 (Page 41)
23 or older, or out of school for two or more years.
Endnote #11 (Page 47)
The text may also be incomprehensible gibberish, but that's a separate issue.
Endnote #12 (Page 54)
See "Emoticons" on page 59 for explanation of this symbol.
Endnote #13 (Page 55)
Wall Street Journal, November 29, 1993, "Manager's Journal: Robert's Electronic Rules of Order" by Michael Schrage.
Endnote #14 (Page 71)
Someone actually did this in the aftermath of the 1994 LA earthquake. The net responded with reams of flameage, an utter waste of time.
Endnote #15 (Page 74)
Thanks to Desiree McCrorey, Jim Graham, Kay Klier, David Wren-Hardin, and others on rec.pets.cats.
Endnote #16 (Page 78)
If you're looking for legitimate places to adver... I mean, post product information, check out the USENET "biz" hierarchy, comp.newproducts, and various "*.forsale" groups.
Endnote #17 (Page 82)
A host is a host
From coast to coast
But always connect to the host that's close.
Endnote #18 (Page 93)
"A Reporter at Large: E-Mail From Bill" by John Seabrook, in the New Yorker, Jan. 10, 1994.
Endnote #19 (Page 96)
From the classic TV show "The Odd Couple."
Endnote #20 (Page 97)
Cover Your Ass.
Endnote #21 (Page 101)
The disclaimer is often embedded in a "sig file" that automatically appears in every note you send. In fact, the standard disclaimer may have been the reason the sig file was invented.
Endnote #22 (Page 110)
Printed in TECHNOS: Quarterly of Education and Technology, 3(1), pp. 22-26.
Endnote #23 (Page 111)
You can retrieve Yurman's report, entitled "Email Courtesy," from the Red Rock Eater information archive maintained by Phil Agre. Just send email to with the subject line "archive send courtesy".
Endnote #24 (Page 112)
To retrieve Agre's article "The Art of Getting Help," send email to with the subject line "archive send getting-help".
Endnote #25 (Page 115)
In The Official America Online Membership Kit & Tour Guide, by Tom Lichty, p. 249.
Endnote #26 (Page 116)
"Love Over the Wires" by Paulina Borsook, in Wired magazine vol. 1.4, September/October 1993.
Endnote #27 (Page 117)
"He went to the WELL too often," San Francisco Examiner, July 13, 1993.
Endnote #28 (Page 118)
"The Strange Case of the Electronic Lover" by Lindsy Van Gelder, Ms., October 1985.
Endnote #29 (Page 118)
Statistic from "Gender Issues in Computer Networking" by Leslie Regan Shade, McGill University.
Endnote #30 (Page 120)
Rot13 encryption can also be used when posting a "spoiler" -- a note that reveals the ending of, for example, a movie or novel.
Endnote #31 (Page 126)
However, the last thing I want to do is cast aspersions on system administrators as a group. In general, sysadmins are overworked and underrecognized. Be nice to your system administrator and she'll be nice to you.
Endnote #32 (Page 126)
Any UNIX sysadmin worth his salt can use the grep command to concoct a simple script to search all incoming and outgoing mail.
Endnote #33 (Page 129)
"Privacy Act would force firms to inform their employees about E-mail monitoring," in PC Week -- Special Report on Workplace Privacy, June 28, 1993.
Endnote #34 (Page 130)
For an explanation of how all this works, see Bruce Schneier's Applied Cryptography (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1994).
Endnote #35 (Page 131)
Phil Zimmerman created PGP, or "Pretty Good Privacy," an implementation of the public-key encryption concept for personal computers. PGP is currently embroiled in a patent dispute and availability of its freeware version is limited.
Endnote #36 (Page 131)
You can contact the EFF at or 202-347-5400.
Endnote #37 (Page 133)
Connect with server and look for the directory called /pub/usenet/news.answers/law/Copyright-FAQ, files part1-part6. Or try, in directory /CNI/forums/cni-copyright/other/FAQ. You can also obtain a copy via email. Start by sending a message to with the command "help" in the body.
Endnote #38 (Page 138)
Some FAQs and related documents can be copied electronically but not printed without paying a license fee. Erik J. Heels' wonderful "Legal List" works this way. (It's available via FTP at, directory /CNI/forums/cni-copyright/other/FAQ/legallist.txt).

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