Netiquette for Information Retrieval
When you retrieve information across the net, you're not interacting
directly with other humans. So Netiquette for this activity is fairly simple, and is mostly governed by Rule 4, Don't waste other people's time
Although time and bandwidth are different -- bandwidth is information-carrying capacity; time is time -- in practice, conserving one tends to
conserve the other. Conserving
bandwidth is particularly important
when you retrieve information from a host or server, because carelessness about your own usage can prevent other people from getting information they need. Only a limited number of people can be connected to
a server at any one time. And a server can only transmit a certain
amount of information per second. When too many people are trying to
download too much information, some users are denied access, and
system performance slows down for everyone.
What can you do to prevent that? Here are some simple rules:
- Don't stay logged in when you're not doing anything.
- If possible, log in at off-peak hours.
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