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I believe that in order for people to be able to understand you, you must write clearly, but unfortunately, we do not always have time. Here are some shorthands that are always acceptable:
"LOL"-laughing out loud
"ROFL"- rolling on the floor laughing
"GTG"- going to go
"BRB"-be right back
"u" in place of "you"
"ur" in place of "your"
"2" in place of "to"
"4" in place of "for"
"VTC"-Virtual Trading Card(s)
"CSO"-Curio Shop Only
"POTM"-pet of the month
"PSI"-pet special item
"PSF"-pet special food
However, there are some exceptions. For example, "2" may be used in place of "to", but not in place of "too".
Also, whenever using these shorthand, you must use them without excess, in moderation. Or, for the not so wordy, don't use 'em too(not 2) much.
This is what a good shorthand sentence looks like:
LOL, I luv ur sense of humor.
This is what excessive shorthand looks like:
LOL, I luv ur sense of humor. U r 2 funny, 2 funny 4 me 2 bear. I'm gtg, brb.
Now we come to nicknames. Nicknames are very useful, because some users have extremely long names, and others have short names with lots of numbers after it. Hereis the best way to nickname.
Short names with numbers after it
Nobody wants to copy a bunch of numbers, so must users will understand who you are talking to as long as you make yourself clear. For example, as long as there isn't another person with a similar username on the thread, you could call this person bobijoe.
That person probably doesn't expect everyone to copy it out, so a good nickname would mr.fergilicious.
...Here are some shorthands that are always acceptable: "LOL", "ROFL", "GTG", "BRB"...
You have a good idea here Alcnor. Some shorthand is common usage enough to be acceptable -- despite the forum guidelines.
Things we'd rather you not do: ... use 'Text Speak' in your posts. Please take the time to write replies in English.
But, I would already object to allowing "GTG" or "BRB" -- those are clearly just 'text speak' and the meaning is NOT known by all adults.
It would help, in your first post, if you translated the other shorthands for people. Not everyone knows those meanings.
"LOL" = laughing out loud
"ROFL" = rolling on floor laughing
Other abbreviations, specific to this forum, that you could also include are:
"CSO" = curiosity shop only -- items only sold there
"EO" = employment office
"KA" = Kinzville Academy
"kc" = KinzCash
"POTM" = pet of the month
"PSI" = pet special item -- only obtained at adoption of new pet
"PSF" = pet special food
"POTM" = pet of the month
"SEB" = super exclusive bed
"TC" = trading card
"VTC" = virtual trading cards
I know that I have a weird way of thinking, but shorthand is a sore point with me. Where ever you go, people seem to think it is clever to use "secret code" to show that they are part of the "incrowd". They claim it is faster. To me, the whole point of communication is to make everyone understand what you are saying. Clarity wins, in my view, over speed.
I agree short hand is a good thing, but there so many out there that can used. If we are going to use short hand I get the list of most common ones and post it. Let me know if that's something we want. I quess I'll start a poll, I think I can do that?
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