My Teaching Netiquette

As you surely know, the Netiquette means good habits in the World Wide Net (cyberspace). The general rules have been developed during more than 15 years: Because my teaching is more and more dependent on Internet & email, I have developed my own Teaching Netiquette for emailing with my students.


  • I am storing our eCorrespondence several years; by now, more than 2500 emails.
  • I can manage the emails only if they are clearly identified at the beginning of their Subject, shortly “eSubject”.
  • My antispam filters will not filter out Emails with the correct eSubject on my PC system.

Student emails should not include text from my old emails: such a text is mostly irrelevant because I have it: therefore it is a trash (garbage) wasting my resources (currently 3 GB).
I am soliciting my students to use the correct eSubject, and not to include trash in the body text, because I cannot:

  • Edit the received emails.
  • Improve an incorrect or missing eSubject in the received emails.
  • Delete irrelevant text in the received emails.

Thank you.

Your eSUBJECT: ALWAYS use an eSubject in your e-mails – never leave the space free

In the email Subject beginning, identify your class.

Classes during the Spring Session 2009 (Term 3), JAN-MAR 09:
MoWe ASTR-100/110 at Mannheim SULLIVAN, the eSubject beginning: A_SUL_JM9_MW: <your specific eSubject>
TuTh GEOL-100/110 at Heidelberg PATTON, the eSubject beginning: G_PAT_JM9_TT: <your specific eSubject>
After that eSubject beginning, enter your specific eSubject, without the brackets <>
A few examples of your specific eSubject:

  • <My Quiz 1, Test 1, Test 2, Quiz 2 results> or
  • <Field Trip 1, Field Trip 2> or
  • <TG (TextBook Guide), opening + printing>

Also old students from previous courses should use their original eSubject, even in the future, until they enroll into my newer course. The eSubject beginning must be not preceded by anything such as "Re: " or “Fwd: “. Instead of using the reply feature of your email software (client), take my eAddress from your eAddress Book.

NEVER Include My Old eMail Text in Your New eMail

Depending on your settings, the Reply function of your eMail software may automatically insert my old eMail. Then, delete the preceding “Re: “ in the eSubject and my old eMail text in the body text of your current eMail.

FileNames of Your LAB Homeworks (Exercises)

Of course, I can (and almost always have to) rename the filenames of your eMail attachments. But, it would be helpful if already you will choose a suitable filename. I keep the old MS DOS rule:
8 character filename.(dot) 3 character extension:
4 characters the beginning of your last name in CAPs,
e.g.: DONO for DONOvan
2 characters your course
e.g.: G1 for GEOL-110, then
2 characters _1 for your Homework Number, then
separator . (dot),
3-characters file extension
probably: doc for the MS WinWORD document;
the total filename then is
e. g.: DONOG1_1.doc

Thank you for your patience with me very much.
Cheers, Jiri