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Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Generally speaking, I think that native English users should try to use acronyms/excessive abbreviations in their posts as little as possible since their meaning could be not so clear to the many non-native English users visiting/posting in these Forums.

I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Hi Rainbow_2

So, eg: FWIW, IMO, AFAIK, BTW and such should be avoided. 

Just asking...

Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Hi bjm_,  
Actually I wasn’t referring to the most common ones such as those mentioned by you but rather to other less popular ones I happened to see in posts. I cannot recall any of them right now but I’ll post back if I do, just as an example.
Anyway, what I mainly meant was that it should be kept in mind that many users are not native English speakers, therefore the more complete information is given in replies, the easier it is to understand it.
Just replying…

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Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Hi Rainbow_2

Okay then.  I'm okay with OK. 

Cheers

Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Points well made, and well taken...

How about "IITYWYBMACOC", or the more recently accepted adaptation/supplant thereof, "IITYWYBMAD" ?

(If I Tell You Will You Buy Me A Cup Of Coffee) ...and... (If I Tell You Will You Buy Me A Drink)

Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

I still like:  TANSTAAFL

"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch"

What really bugs me is when folks use the standard NIS (Norton Internet Security) but really are referring to Norton Identity Safe - talk about confusing and that doesn't matter if you are native English speaking or not.

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Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Rainbow_2:

Generally speaking, I think that native English users should try to use acronyms/excessive abbreviations in their posts as little as possible since their meaning could be not so clear to the many non-native English users visiting/posting in these Forums.

I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

The issue here is that users aren't defining what an acronym means when they first use it in their posts (please see my post from November 2012 here for details).

Another annoying issue that plays havoc with Google Translate are posts that users have written in mobile phone Short Message Service (SMS) speak. Please refrain from doing this; really does it take that much more effort to type "you" instead of "u" if it means that more forum members will understand what you are saying? Better understanding means a better chance of getting a solution to the issue that you're experiencing.

Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

(please see my post from November 2012 here for details).

good times PUP = a young dog.  Quads

http://www.acronymfinder.com/SPAM.html 

Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

elsewhere:
Rainbow_2:

[…]

The issue here is that users aren't defining what an acronym means when they first use it in their posts (please see my post from November 2012 here for details).

Another annoying issue that plays havoc with Google Translate are posts that users have written in mobile phone Short Message Service (SMS) speak. Please refrain from doing this; really does it take that much more effort to type "you" instead of "u" if it means that more forum members will understand what you are saying? Better understanding means a better chance of getting a solution to the issue that you're experiencing.

 I couldn't agree more!

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Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

http://www.acronymfinder.com/ is one of the sites I already resort to...

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Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Thanks elsewhere for the flashback.  When I was in the military and tasked with writing technical data it was  a sin to use an abbreviation which had not been identified in the same data previously.  I still sometimes do the Norton Removal and Reinstall Tool (NRnRT), as I have been using that version of the abbreviation  in lieu of other abbreviations.  I use NRnRT as the download is labeled NRnR.exe.  Perhaps that gets confusing with the Norton Removal Tool (NRT) ?

It was acceptable to use an acronym (even one you made up yourself and thus was not widely recognized)) as long as you "defined" it the first time you used it.

Of course it is more difficult to follow this within in a forum when a user may be posting the same info numerous times in different threads.  As an example, I may mention to run LiveUpdate 10 or more times during a typical day on the forums - in this case I try to avoid using LU, but if we are constantly mentioning or discussing using LU in a single thread I may use the shortened version.

Another difficulty can be knowing your audience - it is difficult (at least for me) to always spot a "non-native English language user" just from their user name.  If I am aware they are using English as a second language I do try to keep my posts as basic (understandable) as I can.

Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Guilty as charged .... <g>  Are <g> and <s> OK ?

It was acceptable to use an acronym (even one you made up yourself and thus was not widely recognized)) as long as you "defined" it the first time you used it.

Not really here where if you are reading the NNth post in a thread there's no real -- ie simple, quick and effective, way to get back to the first post by that user -- which might be in a different thread even.

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

And we're likely confusing acronyms (like SCUBA) with initialism (like CPU). Unless, of course, you pronounce it "kuh-poo".

Tony Weiss | Norton Forums Global Community Manager | Symantec Corporation
Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

@Tony_Weiss SCUBA----Submillimeter Common-User Bolometer Array

No, I don't know what it means, either !

Windows 10 Home X 64 Norton Security Premium Current
Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Q: Sir, what is your IQ?
A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.

and sans acronyms:
“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
Rumsfeld’s lament: “Oh Lord, I didn’t mean to say anything quotable.”

Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

Rumsfeld's Lament sounds like a Decemberist's song title.

Tony Weiss | Norton Forums Global Community Manager | Symantec Corporation
Kudos0

Re: Acronyms/Excessive Abbreviations In Posts

ROFLMAO ...  

(and in reference only to the immediately previous two posts) 

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