Abbreviations in community posts

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Without this explanation, I would have read that as I am an anal (I am an annoyingly obsessive person)! :thinking:


The concept of having and explaining abbreviations in posts is surely interesting.
But if I am honest, I think that when somebody writes a post, it shouldn’t be too much of a burden on that poster to try and write plain and full English.

I pretty much always find it to be some unnecessary distraction when people use abbreviations.
(except for more common ones that you would find in somewhat more serious literature such as: i.e., et al., etc. …)

Is it really that much of a brain- and time- saving exercise to write something like A.F.A.I.K instead of “as far as I know”?
Is it really that hard to type “If I recall correctly” instead of “IIRC”?

And does the minor brain- and time- saving that perhaps (and I even doubt that) benefits the poster, validates the extra strain and effort on all readers?

And do take into account that not all forum members and readers are native English speakers.
For many of them (us) learning, reading, and expressing themselves in English is already an effort.
Additionally having to manage and understand all sorts of abbreviations, or having to hover over some explanatory pop-up is an additional and distracting effort.

I am aware this is mainly some general and unfocused rant/observation, but I thought it would be good to voice some counter weight against promoting and supporting the use of abbreviations too much.


I agree 200%, I’ve never really enjoyed reading English abbreviations, including eg and ie.
Hopefully for eg and ie, there is this helping Disclose plugin.

Well, those have a latin origin…
(very ancient, wise, interesting, etcetera)
Using them in sentences make me feel studied and posh.

Using AFAIK or IIRC make me feel lazy.

in Pen-names as aliases or as separate entries

wrt = with regards to

also’d like to add
vedr. = vedrørende (concerning)
(the norwegian equivalent)

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What is a PSA?

A public service announcement, commonly known by the PSA acronym, is a message spread in the interest of the public. The objectives of PSAs are to raise awareness and change public attitudes, opinions, or even behavior towards an issue. These messages can be instructional, inspirational, or even shocking to elicit emotion and action.

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CSS = Cascading Style Sheets


Yes we might often read user CSS, like user JS too.

JS = JavaScript.


SEO = Search Engine Optimization


Bot edit note: “Removing decoda URLs, since the site has seemingly become a disreputable SEO farm. See

Find there “weird SEO sites […] more SEO sites” but its meaning only implied (“Google Analytics ID […] Google Adsense […] Adsense ID is used”)

Goto MB Documentation search for ‘SEO’, get 1 relevant hit:
Contact - MetaBrainz Foundation : “We are evaluating advertising, traffic optimization, search engine optimization and … For inquiries about advertising, SEO optimization, or software monetization …”

Aha, ‘search engine optimization’ matches ‘SEO’.

Goto Wikipedia search hit article search engine optimization for verification of meaning, though still supposed.

(By the way, on that MetaBrainz contact page in the background, the “SEO optimization” is an ugly RAS syndrome carrier.)


PEBCAK = Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard


IIUC = If I Understand Correctly


There is a bug in the detection of abbreviations. Why are accented characters treated as white space?

Mario Pelchat présente Les Prêtres

Look at that text. Why is “PR” separated out even though it is in the middle of a word? It is almost as if the following “e” does not exist.

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I did a…, well…, PR, for this, some time ago. :wink:

But I was not sure if it was the best solution.


Here is another one.
I don’t know if it’s widespread nor what is its meaning:

IIUYC = If I Understand You Correctly


Maybe we should only explain MB related stuff and encourage people writing full words, somehow.

This one has only one occurrence.


WMP = Windows Media Player

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MIA = Missing in action

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