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Administrators: Please Include an Instruction Not to Use Acronyms.

04/14/2010 3:18 AM

Please include an instruction not to use acronyms in the Tips for Posting on CR4:

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Re: Administrators: please include an instruction not to use acronyms.

04/14/2010 3:36 AM

Ban TLAs ASAP!

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04/14/2010 7:07 AM

so no more psi, mm, cfm, kw, ft, AM or PM, ect.. LOL

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04/14/2010 7:40 AM

Yesterday there was a thread about wooden cable drums: the OP wanted to know why they don't use GI or MS. Several contributors to the thread had no idea what GI and MS were. I tried several acronym finders with no success; fortunately JRaef put us out of our misery.

Most people would probably know all the ones you've mentioned: but maybe someone unfamiliar with imperial measures would struggle with psi and cfm: I don't know, it just seems better not to assume.

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04/14/2010 1:19 PM

Everyday should be a learning experience. That was yours. Even with full names applied it is some times difficult to decipher what some one is asking. Years ago while in south working for electrical contractor was asked to get some one some kindorf. Didn't know what he was talking about until he showed me. Where I grew up its call unistrut. Both are trade names of the manufacture for about the same identical product.

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04/14/2010 8:13 AM

See FAQ. Please RTFM. :)

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Administrators: What Say You RE: Acronyms?

04/14/2010 3:58 PM

Hey there Randall.

Well, I think admin might resist your plea... on the margin of my screen, I see CR4 acronyms FAQ, RSS, and CR4.

And ozzb got me thinking... is it an apartment or a flat? Is it a lorry or a truck? Who thinks bonnets and boots are parts of a car? In USA, a silencer fits on a firearm. In USA, we cannot purchase items with a pound, the pound is where vagrant dogs and cats end up!

I have found many posts contain some vague, indecipherable acronym or reference... I usually can find out what it means, if I am interested enough in the remainder of the post. If I cannot, I just ask them. If they want an answer, they need to communicate more clearly... and it seems that really is the point of your thread.

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04/15/2010 3:05 AM

Pounds is a good example here's a post where I've converted the £ cost in a link to a $ cost for the OP (original poster nearly caught me there) (note that the price has dropped considerably since the thread was active). The point is that for every post there is one writer and many readers: so, it seems more efficient to me if the writer puts in a bit more effort so that the readers can each put in a bit less.

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