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AbbreviationsInMails

People love to use abbreviations in mails, however these are often confusing for other (especially new) users:

  • AFAIK ... As far as I know
  • ATM ... At The Moment
  • AYSOS ... Are you stupid or something? ... but never used on Apache mailing lists.
  • BTW ... By the way
  • CLI ... CommandLine
  • DYOR ... Do your own research
  • FS ... Flexibility Syndrome
  • FWIW ... For what its worth
  • FYI ... For Your Information
  • IANAL ... I am not a lawyer
  • IIRC ... If I recall correctly
  • IIUC ... If I understand correctly
  • IMHO ... In my humble opinion
  • IoC ... Inversion of Control
  • JFDI ... Just ... do it!
  • KISS ... Keep it simple, stupid
  • NIH ... Not Invented Here
  • NPOV ... Neutral Point of View
  • OTOH ... On the other hand
  • POV ... Point of view
  • PDQ ... Pretty Damn Quick
  • SOC ... Separation of Concerns
  • WDYM ... What Do You Mean
  • WDYT ... What Do You (all) Think
  • YAGNI ... You Ain't Gonna Need It
  • +1, -1, etc. ... Voting indicators, see http://apache.org/foundation/voting.html

Pre-Subject Acronyms

  • [ANN] ... announce

  • [FYI] ... for your information

  • [HEADS UP] ... this is unimportant but you should look anyway - thanks to Steven Noels for this brilliant definition

  • [IMP] ... IMPortant (I like [HEADS UP] much more... - SN)

  • [OT] ... off-topic

  • [PATCH] ... from bugzilla, indicates someone submitted a patch

  • [RT] ... random thought

  • [SUMMARY] ... summing up of a problem and proposed/working solutions to it (if possible, summaries should be done on this Wiki, with the SUMMARY mail containing only a link)

  • [WOT] ... way off-topic. Wide open throttle elsewhere.

some special ones

  • Antwort ... Re: in German
  • AW: abbreviation of antwort
  • AW: AW: AW: AW: AW: ... a bunch of Germans having a discussion
  • AW: Re: AW: Re: AW: ... Germans talk to other people too

(thanks to Jeremy Quinn for these)

  • FWAYRATJ ... Frankly, Why Are You Reading All This Junk (just made it up (wink)
  • DO NOT REPLY ... from bugzilla, an attempt to initiate a discussion when day is slow.

You might also want to look at All Acronyms] and [http://www.all-acronyms.com/?g=9.

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