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THERE ARE LOTS OF RULES ABOUT THE INTERNET, MANY OF THEM POSTED ON THE INTERNET ITSELF, MUCH LIKE THE ONES THAT FOLLOW.

AT THIS POINT, THIS SHOULD BE UNNECESSARY.  SADLY, IT IS.

THESE RULES ARE SO BASIC THAT THEY DON’T MERIT DISCUSSION AND MAY EVEN APPEAR COMICAL.  HOWEVER, IF YOU WANT TO SEE MORE ABOUT THEIR APPLICATION, CLICK ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKING, PRIVACY, HOAXES AND OTHER PAGES IN THIS SITE FOR STUPID EXAMPLES OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THESE RULES ARE IGNORED.

RULE 1: IT’S NOT ALWAYS TRUE (OR LEGAL) JUST BECAUSE IT IS POSTED ON THE INTERNET

RULE 2: “NO-ONE KNOWS YOU’RE A DOG ON THE INTERNET” OR FOR THAT MATTER, WHO YOU ARE.  KNOW EXACTLY WHO OR WHAT YOU’RE DEALING WITH BEFORE GIVING THEM INFORMATION.

RULE 3:  IT’S NOT ALWAYS FREE TO COPY JUST BECAUSE IT’S POSTED ON THE INTERNET.  SOMEONE MAY HAVE RIGHTS TO PHOTOS, PICTURES OR TEXT.  CHECK BEFORE COPYING.

RULE 4: ANYTHING YOU POST ON THE INTERNET IS PUBLIC. (DUH!)

RULE 5: ANYTHING YOU POST ON THE INTERNET WILL MOST LIKELY COME BACK AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME TO HAUNT YOU.  (THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF MURPHY’S LAWS.)

RULE 6: ANYTHING YOU POST ON THE INTERNET THAT’S STUPID OR EMBARRASSING TO YOU WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY GO VIRAL.

RULE 7:  IF YOU KNOW HOW AND WHERE TO SEARCH, YOU CAN FIND ANY FACT(S) ON THE INTERNET.  BUT THAT’S STILL NO GUARANTEE THAT THEY ARE ACCURATE.  WIKIPEDIA ENTRIES AND GOOGLE LINKS ARE QUITE OFTEN INCORRECT!  ALWAYS CROSS-CHECK, NO MATTER HOW AUTHORITATIVE THEY SOUND.

RULE 8: EVERYTHING IS FREE ON THE INTERNET, AT LEAST FOR NOW.  AND FREE ADVICE IS WORTH EXACTLY WHAT YOU PAY FOR IT.  FOR EXAMPLE, JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE CLAIMS THAT A FIX SOLVED THEIR COMPUTER PROBLEM DOESN’T MEAN IT’LL WORK ON YOURS. IT MAY MAKE IT WORSE.   AND DON’T BE TAKEN IN BY A “FREE” SITE THAT TRIES TO SELL YOU SOFTWARE AFTER “SCANNING” YOUR COMPUTER.

RULE 9: ONCE YOU POST A PICTURE OR PHOTO ON THE INTERNET IT MAY BE AROUND FOREVER, NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY TO ERASE IT.

RULE 10:  IF IT’S PORN, IT’LL GO VIRAL AND BE AROUND FOREVER, NO MATTER HOW YOU TRY TO ERASE IT.

 

SEE ALSO: Numbered Rules of the Internet

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