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Digital Etiquette: A Handy Guide

Digital Technology can be hugely creative and rewarding. Whether you keep your fingers busy coding, soldering or gaming, it’s easy to lose yourself for hours in cyberspace. But for all the fun and adventure, there is no excuse for outdated stereotypes and bad manners. Here are some handy tips for going about computer tech the right way.

1. Coding is for Everyone

Remember that most technological developments have been the result of collaboration. So encourage anyone (and by anyone, we are OBVIOUSLY including girls) who shows an interest in entering your world. The more diverse our community is, the better it will be. Get involved with our Python and Java coding courses.

2. Write It, Don’t Speak It.

When you learn to code you’re learning a new language so there is bound to be some jargon. But never is there a need for puns. The cookie/cookie thing wasn’t even funny in the first place so please don’t be tempted by raspberry pi.

Cookie
This is a half-eaten chocolate chip cookie. It knows nothing about what you’ve been doing online.

3. Tweet Sweet

Stop cheating with your tweets. You know what I mean. When you put a number in brackets after the tweet to tell people how many they… (1/2) can expect to come in your boring sequential rant. Twitter is not the place for an essay. (2/2) (That’s why there are blogs).

4. Digital Pride

You are doing your fellow techies a disservice if you sound apologetic when people ask you what you like doing. Thanks to the likes of these guys, coding has never been cooler. Stand tall (when you can bear to drag yourself away from your computer), preferably wearing some flashing LEDs that you programmed yourself.

5. Know When To Let Go

Of your phone. Sometimes it’s ok to miss a notification. You could always blog about it later. And we’re still not sure where it goes when you’re eating. Traditionally, your side plate goes on the left, so maybe stick it on the right?

Tech-ed Off

What ticks your digital buttons or just gets you ticked off? Tell us what would be on your own guide to Digital Etiquette over on Twitter, @FireTechCamp.