Understanding and Using Newsgroups
A Glossary of Terms
by Peter Doshi
There are many new terms and acronyms you might run across while
getting accustomed to news. Here's a few to give you a jump start.
AFAIK -- As far as I know
BTW -- By the way
FAQ -- Frequently Asked Questions (see below)
HAND -- Have a nice day
HTH -- Hope this helps
IMO -- In My Opinion
IMHO -- In My (Humble/Honorific) Opinion (often the ``humble'' is tongue and cheek
OTOH -- On the other hand
RTFM -- Read the [fine] manual
- A document which answers Frequently Asked Questions about a topic. You are expected to check here before asking for help, because chances are, many people might have already asked that same question, making it a Frequently Asked Question.
- A particularly nasty message. (This word also applies to regular email)
- Somebody who just reads news but never posts
- A newsgroup is said to be Moderated when there is a `moderator', a person who must approve all message before posting. The process will appear the same to you, but will explain why it might take some time before your message appears in a newsgroup. The idea is that a moderated is likely to have more useful content, devoid of spam and useless, off-topic posts.
- Software which handles Usenet
- News Server
- The machine which all newsreaders connect to. Usually, there is
a local news server for wherever you might be. At VSNL the
news server is named news.vsnl.net.in
- verb. The action of sending in a message to a newsgroup.
The type of message does not matter. It can be a reply or even a new message.
Both constitute an action called posting.
- noun. A message in a newsgroup
- Also called emoticons. Here are some examples:
:) - Smile
:^) - Smile (with a nose)
:-) - Another smile with a nose
:( - Frowning
:-( - Frowning (with a nose)
;-) - Wink and smile
and the list goes on...
- An excessive number of identical postings to multiple newsgroups. This practice is discouraged because of its drain on network resources. In a more general sense, it can also mean an excess of any data, such as an extremely large file posted to a newsgroup.
- A particular discussion inside a newsgroup which has many posts or
replies to the original article.
- Another word for "News", which stands for the
"User's Network" The collection of all newsgroups.
Copyright © 1999 Dr. Raj Mehta. All rights reserved.