What is Web Surfing Etiquette
a few kind words from David & Tia Rich 1999 to April 2005

 

Do keep in mind that these thoughts are some what unrealistic and little more than a fantasy, but may give you some food for thought:

That being said, while you are out there browsing through the millions of pages on the World Wide Web through your Internet connection, when you happen across a non-commercial web pages (like many of ours) that you find to have some personal value, it is polite to take a moment to write them an e-mail just to say 'Hi, I appreciate the effort and content of your web site' if nothing else, before you go on.  We are not saying this as much for ourselves (not that we don't like a little attention from time to time), since we do have links at the bottom of most pages linking to our business web sites.

We write this more for the thousands of other webpage authors out there that may not get much of any feedback from the thousands of visitors they may get.  Your efforts will also help to improve the content and quality of those web pages. We know that it often seems to inspire us to read over that web page again and update it.  Much like this one that was left untouched since 2002, but a nice man named Richard SantaColoma wrote us on April 6th 2005 and inspired us to rewrite this web page.

To visit a personal web site is some-what like walking into that person's living room, (or perhaps their bedroom in some cases) and have a good look around, gleam what you do from your experience there, and leave without a word.  You didn't even have to knock on the door.  Don't get us wrong, you are not alone in this.  You are in the company of a good 99% of the other web browsers out there, and most all web authors know this and accept it as the reality of life.  There are not requirements of you.  This is just a kind suggestion.

We certainly would not suggest that you take the time to write all the Webmasters of the sites you visit.  That would be absurd!  Just the few non-commercial web sites that stimulated you strongly.

Those web pages are very personal to their author.  Some Webmasters have generously spent thousands of dollars as well as thousands of hours, putting themselves out on a limb here on the web to show you what is most important to them.  It is courteous to send them a polite e-mail to let them know you were there and tell them what you found of value.   I know it seems like a great deal of time and effort, but if they respond to your polite letter, it may be a very rewarding experience for you as well.  You get a chance to know a new person in the world who is most likely more articulate than most other people you may know through your life.  It also will help you develop better social skills.

Better yet, introduce yourself and share a little about yourself with them.  Like:  what brought you to their web site, what you liked most and why.  Even inform them of a glitch, typo, poor grammar, or errors in their thinking.  They mean to place their best foot forward.  Any typos are embarrassing, but not all of us are as sharp to those details as others, or maybe it was late at night when they typed it, and they simply did not catch it?

On a more personal note:
Please be kind, and try not to ask stupid questions like: 'would you be willing to commit a crime for me by pirating Microsoft's software for me; a complete stranger, who is not willing to compensating you for the effort and risk you would be taking'.  We were getting that almost daily from our jezzball.com fan-site for old PC game Microsoft sold over a decade ago.  We finally sold that domain name to someone else.  It is a common problem we have run into, when the info was already clearly posted on the web site.  We still get hoards for questions from people who did not take the time to read that page that answered this question already.  It embarrasses you to have stuck your foot in your mouth like this, and is a great waste of the Webmasters time.  Should the Webmaster bother to copy and paste that web page into the e-mail for you to read?

We get several thousands of visitors each week to our 300+ web pages, but it is funny how it seems that far less than 1% of the visitors bother to stop and write to us at all.  And only about 5% of those slim .01% who took the time to write us had something note-worthy to say and have given us something of correspondence value.  That means only one visitor in about 20,000 had something relevant to say.  And out of all those who did write to us, it is very rare to have them follow the correspondence example that we responded to them with.  It is amazing to us that even though most all e-mail programs are set-up to reply in a certain format, only a small handful of people in the last decade seem to understand this proper e-mail format.  It shows how very few people have the most basic communication skills or common sense.  It is a huge wonder that more relationships do not fail in short order, when people have such a hard time expressing themselves and being heard.  Let alone world wide cooperation!

 Also, be sure to sign your e-mail, so we know to whom we are addressing (unless you are wanted by the E-Police <LOL>).   It is quite rude to not sign your e-mail with your real name (again, we seem to get a lot of that).

Webmasters, who are not trying to pick your pocket, have spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours to put a smile on your face.  Be kind enough to return the favor.

"Ultra-web-geeks need attention too"
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Thanks for your timee-mail-us
Much love

David & Tia Rich

 

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