I have a confession to make!
September 8, 2007 3:24pm CST
A note to all my friends and friends to be .I have a confession to make and that is that I do not understand all of those ACRONYMS that you are using in your comments and postings. Every time you attempt to make a post in Mylot a dialog box asks that you be as descriptive as possible.The frequent use of ACRONYMS is NOT descriptive. There are two immediate problems I can think of that are bad when it comes to using ACRONYMS. Search Engine spiders do not know what an NGO,S/O,IMO, or any other ACRONYM that I've seen in various comments are,which means they are meaningless terms and won't help bring advertising dollars to Mylot. I personally do not understand the meaning of many of the ACRONYMS (I'm just an ignoramous)that are used here on Mylot and elsewhere I also do not think that I'm alone in this regard.It is like trying to learn a foreign language. Has anyone ever heard that it's rude to use a foreign language in the company of others? Mylot discussions are not text messages for your personal friends they are here for the participation of everyone in the Mylot community. In the future if you insist on using an ACRONYM please include a description with it's first use in the paragraph for instance U.S.(United States).Then if used again in the post we'll all have a reference for which to understand it's meaning. Thanks for allowing this rant. Happy posting :)
• United States
8 Sep 07
Thank you for ranting, pismeof. I had thought of this before myself. I frequently run across these acronyms and am puzzled as to what they mean. Although I am guilty of sometimes using the ever-popular LOL, and sometimes U.S., I will refrain from doing so in the future. You are right, of course. There is no excuse for bad manners when you are participating in a forum such as myLot. Thanks for reminding us of this.
• United States
11 Sep 07
Wow...I'll admit I'm one of the people who must bug you a lot! I assumed that certain acronyms were universal enough to be used here and that if a person DIDN'T understand they would take the time to ask for clarification to educate themselves rather than continue being ignorant (for lack of a better word). This may not be a chat room and I agree that certain acronyms really are innappropriate but I see no reason to "ban" them entirely. I also don't see how they could be considered a "foreign language" just because not everyone knows what they mean. I'm sure there are many English words that some people do not know the meaning of, should we "ban" all words with greater than 6 letters also to make posts easier to understand? I think not. s/o means significant other...and I use it because I don't need to explain or clarify my personal relationship with ANYONE here.