What are some of the common chat items?
I want to understand what people who are more familiar with other chat clients are trying to say to me.
-.-- could be sarcastic, can mean fail or express disbelief
\o- Waving either hello or goodbye
\o/- excitement, exclaiming "yay!" (both hands in the air)
/me- it's like "insert my name here"
¯\_(ツ)_/¯- Shrug, I don't know
;P- Almost anything with a ; on the front indicates winking
:P- Almost anything with a P on the end indicates a "tongue out"...most often expressing humor, sarcasm, or jest.
o.O, and similar - Can be used to express shock or surprise or just "Really?"
:O- surprised look, amazement (open mouth/jaw dropped)
^--, and sometimes
^- point to the post directly above. By itself, it indicates agreement with that post.
^^- Can also mean a smug smiley face, like pikachu! (^-^)
>:)- Evil grin
:/- Skeptical, or dissatisfied
:((and variants) - Sad
<_<- Sideways glare
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)- "I want to troll teh Forumz!"
ಠ_ಠ- The "Look of Disapproval", usually used to show disapproval with something that was said in chat.
AU- Ask Ubuntu
Closegoat- Close vote. A joking term used by some community members to indicate vote to close. More generally in odd words involving vote, substitute boat or goat.
CWrefers to Community Wiki. Possible usage may include, "I am working on a CW" or "Make that a CW". Also used as an adjective: "a CW answer." And occasionally as a verb: "I CW'd it."
DV- Downvote, or possibly Delete vote.
EoL- End of Life, referring to a release of Ubuntu that is no longer supported
MSEMeta Stack Exchange
NAA- not an answer (sometimes seen as
OP- Original Poster (the person who asked a question) or Original Post (the original question itself)
OT- Off Topic, refers to a question not within the scope of the site.
POB- Primarily Opinion Based, a reason why questions may be closed
Star Bait- indicative of a post that has either received a ton of stars in the chat, or is a post made for the sole purpose of getting starred by the community.
star wall- The "starred posts" section of the chat room page when viewed in a web browser.
VLQ- Very Low Quality, a flag that is supposed to be rarely used, for un-salvageable posts
VTCis an acronym for Vote to Close. This refers to the task of voting to close a question.
VTD- Vote to Delete
VTR- Vote to Resolve. This means to upvote an answer (usually to an old question) so that the question no longer appears on the list of unanswered questions. Of course, this should only be done if the answer has value. Sometimes good answers have simply been neglected. This term may also be applicable when requesting upvotes for a CW answer posted after OP or someone else has answered in a comment that was not later posted as an answer.
ASAP- As Soon As Possible
ASAHP- As Soon As Humanly Possible (Slightly less urgent then ASAP)
afk- away from keyboard
afaik- as far as I know
BBL- Be back later
BBT- Be back tomorrow
btw- by the way
CUL8R- See you later
cya- see you around
/dev/null- black hole, to put things in
ftl- for the lost (but please do not use "ftl" to be mean to people)
FTR- for the record
ftw- for the win
FWIW- For what it's worth
FYA- For Your Action
FYI- For Your Information
gp- Good point
g2g) - got to go
IANAL- I am not a lawyer (normally followed by "but...")
iirc- If I recall (or remember) correctly.
IMO- in my opinion
IMHO- in my humble opinion ("humble" is sometimes sarcastic). Could also be "In my honest opinion" (and not sarcastic at all).
IMNSHO- In my not so humble opinion
IKR- I know, right! (expressing agreement)
IYKWIM- If you know what I mean
IYKWIMAITYD- If you know what I mean, and I think you do...
HTHHope This Helps
jk- Just Kidding
kk- OK, okay cool
lol- laughing out loud
np- No Problem
NRN- No Reply Necessary
OMG- Oh My Gawd (or insert your preference of 'G' word)
omw- On my way OR Oh my word
ROI- Return on investment
rotfl- rolling on the floor laughing
RTFM- "Read the ******* manual!"
RTFFAQ- "Read the ******* FAQ!"
smh- Shaking my head
TANSTAAFL- There aint no such thing as a free lunch
tbh- To be honest
TIL- Today I Learned
TFIF- Thank Fuck it's Friday (for the atheists)
TGIF- Thank God it's Friday (for the religiously inclined)
TL;DR- Too long; didn't read. Points out that a text (e.g. a post) is long and the person didn't read it all before giving up. This acronym is often used to highlight a short summary of a long post (meaning something like, for those who just want the gist of that, here's the short version).
TTYL- Talk To You Later
WIP- Work In Progress
YMMV- Your mileage may vary (you might get different results, depending on your situation)
YMMVAPD- Your mileage may vary and probably does