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A Dictionary of Web Terms & Shorthand

BBS: "be back soon".
BRB: "be right back".
BTW: “by the way”.
chat: Real-time communication between two or more users via networked-connected computers. After you enter a chat (or chat room), any user can type a message that will appear on the monitors of all the other participants.
emoticon: A combination of keyboard characters meant to represent a facial expression. Used to convey a particular tone of voice.
    :-) smiley face
    ;-) wink.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions;
flame: An insulting message exchanged via e-mail or within network newsgroups; a series of messages like this are called “flame wars”.
FWIW: “for what it’s worth”.
FYI: “for your information”.

“in my humble opinion”.

killfile: A killfile enables newsgroup moderators to filter out undesirable postings by subject or author.
LOL: “laughing out loud”.
lurking: To read a network newsgroup or electronic mailing list and not post any messages; usually considered to be good netiquette for those unfamiliar with the newsgroup. Most regular participants appreciate new contributors getting the feel of the discussion before jumping in.
moderator: A person who reviews and has the authority to block messages posted to a supervised or “moderated” network newsgroup.
netiquette: Short for network etiquette; refers to using basic good manners in your electronic communications. It’s advisable to never write anything you would feel uncomfortable repeating in person.
post: The act of sending a message to a particular network newsgroup.
ROTF: “rolling on the floor”
ROTFL: “rolling on the floor laughing”.
snail mail: A colloquial term for paper mail handled by the U.S. Post Office.
spam: unsolicited electronic junk mail that promotes a commercial product or web site.
thread: Commonly refers to a series of messages that have been posted as replies to each other in a network newsgroup.
trolling: The act of deliberately posting false or inflammatory information in a network newsgroup to elicit responses from other serious readers.
TTFN: "ta ta for now". (From Winnie the Pooh)
upload: The process of transferring one or more files from your local computer to a remote computer. The opposite action is download.
username: A name used in conjunction with a password to gain access to a computer system or a network service.
URL: Uniform Resource Locator; a means of identifying resources on the Internet. A full URL consists of three parts: the protocol (e.g., ftp, gopher, http, nntp, telnet); the server name and address; and the item’s path. The protocol describes the type of item and is always followed by a colon (:). The server name and address identifies the computer where the information is stored and is preceded by two slashes (//). The path shows where an item is stored on the server and what the file is called; each segment of the location s preceded by a single slash (/)
virtual reality: An artificial environment created with computer hardware and software to simulate the look and feel of a real environment. A user wears earphones, a special pair of gloves, and goggles that create a 3D display.
virus: A program intended to alter data on a computer in an invisible fashion, usually for mischievous or destructive purposes.
WWW: World Wide Web:
A hypertext-based system of servers on the Internet.
WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get;
a kind of word processor that does formatting so that printed output looks identical to what appears on your screen.




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