Zoom Etiquette

Zoom has been great during lockdown but we’ve all done enough sessions online now to realise that there are some quite reasonable rules to be followed during Zoom meetings.

  1. Mute your microphone. To help keep background noise to a minimum, make sure you mute your microphone when you are not speaking. Remember, everyone can hear you, not just the person you want to hear you. The organiser will mute you for sure when someone is playing & singing. Do not then turn your mic back on.
  2. Be mindful of background noise. Wearing headphones is a great idea so you don’t get feedback Zoom noise but also, don’t have the TV blaring away. Everyone else hears that.
  3. Position your camera properly. Throughout the pandemic we have all seen enough nasal hair to last a lifetime. Please set your camera to a good position.
  4. Sort out your own tech before joining the meeting. There are few things more irritating than Zoomers who show up unprepared.
  5. Get in touch with the organiser(s) using the Chat function. Don’t just shout.
  6. When/if you get called to play a song just do exactly that. This isn’t your show, it is your chance to contribute a small amount to an overall session.
  7. Please make sure your video is on. We don’t like black screens with initials in the middle. That said, switching from Gallery View to Speaker View is always a good idea.
  8. If you are planning on playing for the meeting there are additional settings to make your sound much better. Please get your this sorted out before the session starts, not during.
  9. The organiser (Host in Zoomspeak) will have a lot to do, make her/his life easy. They will also have the right to eject you from the meeting.
  10. We will limit the number of people in a session by using a Waiting Room. If you are unable to get into a session it is because the Host will have reached the limit on Zoom (100 people for the Zoom account we are running on). Apologies in advance. If you are keen to perform in the Zoom sessions let us know in advance (bayukefestival@gmail.com).

Let’s all have a good time.