Internet Ettiquette Question
July 19, 2012 5:39 AM Subscribe
How do I react if I committed an internet faux pas, and how can I tell if I even did it in the first place?
posted by Rosengeist to Society & Culture (9 answers total)
So I recently made a new acquaintance online. We're both interested in a very specific story, of which, there is little actual fandom. Our first few notes were great, we were both prompt with one another and seemed to be hitting it off really well.
This is where I think I may have made a snafu. See, as I've been making an acquaintance with this person, I've also been oversea's trying to study in a place where I plain out can't speak or understand the language. The people I've met here are lovely, but the language barrier has done a lot to make me feel isolated, alienated and vulnerable. Generally, I can deal with that, and I've gotten a heck of a lot better with it over the past few weeks, but if something like really bad weather, or a bad interraction with one of the few English-fluent people I know occurs, it can really set me into an anxious mood.
Anyway, the last time I corresponded with this person, I had been having an especially rough run of things. I was feeling isolated, and couldn't leave my rather small apartment because of really bad weather. Just out of being so anxious, I ended up writing a really, really long response to them. I don't feel as though I was negative or terribly off topic, and the problem was further exacerbated by the fact that the keyboard for my ipad sometimes confuses the return and enter button, so I inadvertently sent this person several responses instead of one because I didn't realize I was hitting the wrong button.
All of this persons previous responses came within the span of 2 or 3 days, but it's been 11 now and I haven't heard anything. Should I send a message checking to see if they received my reply? Should I apologize for sending such a long response? I'm already a little bit socially akward in real life (I can't always pick up on cues), and the internet can just make things even more nebulous. Is there an ettiquette to this that I'm not aware of? I'm a bit afraid I offended this other person by being long winded.