This article is from the Aquaria Newsgroup Topics and Conversion Tables FAQ, by Todd Zebert and Erik Olson with numerous contributions by others.
As you read posts in these newsgroups, you're likely to come across
the following terms, acronyms, and conventions commonly referred to as
Collectively refers to all groups in the rec.aquaria heirarchy.
As far as I know
AFM, MFM, TFH, FAMA
Four popular aquaria magazines: Aquarium Fish Magazine, Marine
Fish Magazine, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, and Freshwater and
America Online, CompuServe Information Systems; two commercial
By The Way.
Means part of previous post has been removed.
Do It Yourself, home made, a device or system that is built by
Frequently Asked Question[s].
A message which is abusive (see below)
File Transfer Protocol, and HyperText Transfer Protocol, two
method of transferring files.
For What It's Worth.
For Your Information.
HyperText Markup Language, used for creating web pages.
IMHO, IMO, IMNSHO
In My Humble Opinion, In My Opinion, In My Not-So-Humble
Local Fish Store
reading a newsgroup, over a period of time, to gain knowledge
from other people's questions and answers, without posting
anything of your own.
MOP[S], PW, TFP, WTA
Four M/O businesses: Mail Order Pet Shop, Pet Warehouse, That
Fish Place, and Wet Thumb Aquatics.
Net etiquette. The golden rule is: RTFF!
A beginner. Often, but not always, used in a derogatory way.
Don't feel too bad if someone calls another a newbie.
On The Other Hand.
An unfortunate correlation between Plocestomus Catfish deaths
and mention of their name on the net has led to the use of
`pl*co' as a superstitious habit. For our protection, the
fish's full name has been deliberately misspelled above.
message[s] on Usenet
The rec.aquaria re-organization.
Rolling On The Floor Laughing.
Read the ``fine'' Manual, or FAQ. Usually directed at people
who ask a question without first checking the obvious places to
find the answer. Substitute expletives beginning with F for
``fine'', if you like.
Siamese Algae Eater (see the ALGAE FAQ).
The initial message and all the following replies to it, a
Thanks In Advance
Undergravel Filter, Reverse Under Gravel Filter.
Wanted To Buy.
WWW, W3, web
World Wide Web
Your Mileage May Vary, basically just because something works
well in one situation, does not mean it will in another.
Smileys :-) ;-) :-(
(turn the page, monitor or your head to one side if you don't
see it at first). Smileys are used to denote emotions that
might otherwise not be understood from the text, e.g.
explicitly point out a statement is meant to be humorous. The
three shown here denote humor, a wink, and sadness,