Happy May!

Hello WikiAnswers friends.

Did you know that May is Global Civility Awareness month?  We could sure use some of that, both on the site and in the world in general.

Here are some ideas for treating others with care:

  • Smile.
  • Say Hello.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Listen.
  • Avoid interrupting.
  • Avoid profanity.
  • Be courteous when traveling.
  • Be courteous when driving.
  • Remember to thank others.
  • Find out (and remember) people’s names.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Keep promises.
  • Be gracious and civil, even in writing.
  • Honor your commitments.
  • Set a positive example.
  • Don’t litter.
  • Respect others’ opinions.
  • Respond with understanding rather than judgment.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Treat others with kindness.

I think the one about being gracious and civil, even in writing, might be the most important one for us as internet users.  Unfortunately, even when you can use emoticons, people can’t tell if you are smiling or laughing or being sarcastic… and too often, when we aren’t in front of someone it becomes easier for us to be rude or cruel.

Let’s try to be nice to others in our questions, in our answers, and in our discussion comments–both on WikiAnswers, and everywhere.  Let’s get out there and make the world better.