If you're new to Steemit, and especially if you are new to web forums in general, here are some suggestions to help you avoid making some common mistakes. Over the past 25 years since the first chat rooms and message boards, internet etiquette (sometimes shortened to netiquette) has developed into a series of mostly-unwritten rules. Here I will attempt to write some of these down.
Tip 1: Don't Plagiarize
Youtube links automatically include a link to the original Youtube video alongside the playback controls, so attribution is not a major issue with most videos. For example:
That little YouTube logo next to the settings icon is a link to the original page with the uploader's info.
For text and images, you need to make it absolutely clear if you are not the original author, and provide credit where credit is due. If you are not comfortable with Markdown code, quotation marks can be used for text. Cite the original author, and either include a link to the web page where it originated, or use a proper citation method for offline sources like you would for a formal paper. For images, either link to the image source where an image is embedded, or create a citations section at the end of your post. The image to the right is cited near the bottom of this post. The other image in this post has a tag where it appears.
If you copy material, a bot called @Cheetah may comment with a link to the source page. This should not be a concern if you have provided proper attribution to the original author. If you are re-posting something you originally wrote for another website, don't be surprised if verification is requested to prove you are who you say you are.
Tip 2: Don't Use Insults or Threats
Steemit is full of controversial content. Sometimes this can result in heated discussions. Try to avoid making disagreements personal, and stick to discussing evidence and interpretation rather than personal agendas. Don't call names, and definitely don't threaten harm to other people. Telling someone to "Just go kill yourself" should obviously be out of the question entirely.
Racism should obviously be off-limits too. You're gonna get flagged if you assert white supremacy, declare Africans to be subhuman, advocate the extermination of aboriginal peoples, blame the Jews for everything wrong in the world, etc.
Tip 3: Don't Feed the Troll
It is sometimes hard for readers to tell the difference between someone making a nuanced argument and someone just blowing hot air, but there comes a time when it is apparent that someone is not trying to make a rational point, and instead only playing word games. If you find yourself dealing with such a sophist, just stop participating in the conversation. "Don't feed the troll," as the internet adage goes.
If someone is ignoring Tip 2 above, consider ignoring them. Perhaps mute the offending account. Use the flag option to indicate abusive behavior. Flags can also have the benefit of entirely hiding trolls from the Steemit web page if they are unable to behave themselves and enough people flag such behavior.
Use your best judgement to try to differentiate the satirist and the genuinely curious misguided post from the dedicated troll. Assume the best, albeit warily, until people prove the worst if you aren't sure of someone's intentions. The public record of another user's posts and comments is open to investigation. Check for a pattern of behavior if you are unsure. But when in doubt...
source link as promised with Tip 1 above
Tip 4: Don't Beg for Follows and Upvotes
Don't comment on other posts with requests for followers, and don't request upvotes or ask other users to trade resteems. This makes you look needy. Produce good content and engage in conversations with other users. The upvotes and followers will arrive over time.
Tip 5: Do Upvote and Follow Other Steemians!
You don't need to follow everybody, but you should follow steemians who create content you like, upvote that content, offer substantive comments every now and then.
I usually upvote comments people make on my posts, and often upvote comments on posts I read. Don't forget to respond to comments you receive, too!
Image credit—See? I told you it would be here.
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The Complete Steemit Etiquette Guide Seriously, what hasn't this guy already done in far more detail than my meager efforts? I should just start writing headlines and say, "Go look up Cryptofiend posts on this subject."
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