5. Be `Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful'

  • Do not pretend to be someone else when sending email.

  • Do not send frivolous, abusive or defamatory messages. Apart from being discourteous or offensive, you may be breaking the law.

  • Be tolerant of others' mistakes. Some people are new to this medium, and may not be good typists; they may even accidentally delete your message and ask you to resend it.

  • Remember that the various civil and criminal laws relating to written communication apply equally to email messages, including the laws relating to defamation, copyright, obscenity, fraudulent misrepresentation, and wrongful discrimination.

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