The following is an extract from Netiquette: Internet etiquette in the age of the blog by Matthew Strawbridge, which contains lots of background information and the reasons behind the list of netiquette rules.
The Internet is still in its infancy. It remains a frontier town where the laws are difficult to enforce and the beleaguered Sheriff and his deputies bounce from bar-room brawl to bar-room brawl, trying to impose order as best they can.
In order to be a good citizen in this kind of town, you have to understand the game. Help your neighbour out in his hour of need and he may well return the favour when you need something from him. It's all about bartering. By putting a little something back, you will make life a little easier for everyone. [Read on to find out more]
This up-to-date book covers all aspects of Internet etiquette, including email, discussion forums, online auctions, instant messaging and much more. It explains modern topics such as blogs and wikis, and how netiquette applies to them.
Although this book is suitable for beginners, even experts should find plenty to make them think. At once prescriptive and pragmatic, this book tells you in plain language how everyone would behave in a perfect world, giving you the knowledge to decide how you wish to present yourself online.