Mr. Zhang / 张老师
Professional Teacher
"Unwritten rules" that you follow on Italki

I just want to get a sense of everyone's own "honor code" while on Italki. Generally, I follow these "unwritten" rules when using this site:

1) I will never correct someone's notebook entry or answer a question unless I'm sure of what I'm doing. If I'm not certain about a part, I will always let the person know.

2) I will always give credit to another person if they are the first to provide an answer.

3) I will never call someone out if they make mistakes correcting or answering. They were gracious enough to try and help another person using what they know, and I would never say anything that might discourage them from wanting to help.

4) I will always leave positive feedback and comments. If there is something that someone is struggling with, I will always try to use encouraging language and never say anything overtly negative.

Mar 8, 2017 4:52 AM
Comments · 9


I like the part where you wrote that it is never your practice to point out someone else's mistakes. We are all on the same path to learning. The fact that someone is willing to help deserves praise though their answer may not be correct. I would like to think that we are all on different stages of "correctness" when it comes to learning a language. This is why we are all here -- in number we find strength and motivation.


March 8, 2017

Mr. Chang, you are a positive reference in our community. In all your writings, you show you are a sensible person, and you deserves all our respect. This article explains, in part, the reason.

About point 3, I sometimes do it, but always in the most polite way I am able to find. Discuss about different points of view or differents meanings can be good for all. When other person corrects my answers or corrections, I appreciate his/her suggestions if they are made with politeness.

March 8, 2017


March 8, 2017

Having said that,  many rules adopted by Y generation are quite different from that of non-Y generations. 

No reply, no response is the most commonly adopted strategy for young people to express their ignorance. 

March 8, 2017
Good thoughts as your rules!  Cheers!  You're very nice man.
March 8, 2017
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Mr. Zhang / 张老师
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Other), English, French, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish
Learning Language
French, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish