Geek Etiquette: Be Nice on the Internet!

The Geeky Hostess is gonna help you get your manners on! Each Monday, we’ll focus on a topic of etiquette. We’ll take a look at the classic rules (using Emily Post as a guide), and then evaluate the rules for our daily lives, creating a guide to “Geek Etiquette.” Have an etiquette question or topic suggestion? Email!

Last week, Real Simple instituted a “Be Nice on the Internet” week, encouraging their readers to share stories of when they were wronged and tips on better online etiquette. They started the week off with a great article: “Why Is There So Much Negativity on the Internet?”. The article goes into scientific explanations for why we act the way we do online, and tips on how to prevent it, whether you’re giving or receiving the negativity. Although the “Be Nice on the Internet” week is officially over, that doesn’t mean we need to stop. I encourage you all to reach out to one individual and one company that you really admire, and let them know. This will help us take the step from avoiding negativity to producing more positive content, and I guarantee you’ll make their day.

If you’d like to take a look at other tips provided by Real Simple, you can check out their Facebook page or Etiquette and Advice page.


  1. A friend recommended your website to me just last week. I love your posts. My inner geek and womanly homemaking skills can finally come together to create something wonderfully geek-tastic, yet also delicious/fashionable/cute/etc. Thank you for sharing!

    I agree that the anonymity of the internet can bring out the worst in people. In true geeky fashion, I would advise all to follow “Wheaton’s Law” in everything.

  2. I love this idea, I’m going to try to make this happen at least once this week.

  3. Anna, thanks so much for the kind words! (And I think I may need to dedicate a full etiquette post to “Wheaton’s Law” soon!)

    Chrystina, what a great idea! Let us know how it goes!

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