Landscape Design forum: Acronyms - ugh

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Mangogirl
Apr 21, 2012 8:12 AM CST
I find acronyms to be so frustrating. I wish that they were at least defined somewhere. It seems to me that they do nothing but impede good communication. Up at the top, in the Stickies, there is "EF" seven times and I can't find the definition anywhere. Maybe I missed the Key - can someone show me?

EF = ?:

Electronic Filing?
Education First (internation English school)?
Expedited Forwarding?
Equivalent Focal Length?
Energy Factor?
Elongation Factor (protein synthesis)?
Ejection Fraction?
Eagle Forum?
Extra Fine (threads)?
Electric Field?
Emission (s) Factor
Elite Force (Star Trek: Voyager computer game)
Extremely Fine (numismatics; 7th best condition of coin)
End Function
Equifax (credit reporting agency)
Ecological Footprint
Epic Fail (Internet slang)
Entry Fee
Electronic Form
Exhaust Fan
External Forces
Edema Factor (microbiology; bacillary subunit of anthrax)
Equipment Failure (Wandel Goltermann)
Enemy Forces
Environmental Factor (The Olewine Company)
Exposed Facility
Elmer Fudd (cartoon)
Early Finish
Electron Flow
Europæiske Fællesskab (Danish: European Community)
Emma Frost
Enrichment Factor
Elementary Functions (TMN)
Operation Enduring Freedom (US DoD)
Educational Forum
Experience Factory
End Fitting
Engineering Fundamentals
Emitter Follower
Elementary File
Excitation Frequency
Elizabeth Forward (school district, Pennsylvania)
Enterprise Framework
Elite Four (gaming, Pokemon)
Elbow Flexor
Electro-Focus (Canon Cameras)
Encircled Flux (fiber optics)
English Finish
Electronic Focusing
Escuela de la Fe (Spanish)
Eris Free (Internet Relay Chat network)
Extension Flag
Endgame Framework (modeling and simulation)
Encyclopedia Frobozzica (Zork adventure game)
Electronic Warfare Fighter (US military aircraft designation)
Extended Fractal
Electro-Flechette (gaming, Missionforce: Cyberstorm)
Elegant Feeling (Hyundai)
Ejection Fraction (cardiology)
Echinaforce
Ephedrine Free (thermogenic formula)
Name: Red
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knoxred
Apr 22, 2012 7:58 AM CST
(chuckle) Sorry for the confusion. EF is for Eco-Friendly. The tips are meant to encourage ways to be environmentally friendly in your landscaping endeavors. Limited space available for post titles forces the use of acronyms.

When we made the move over from Cubits, the threads is various sub-forums were all combined into one Landscape Design forum here. There used to be a separate Eco-Friendly Design Tips sub-forum.

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Mangogirl
Apr 22, 2012 8:03 AM CST
Thank you very much. How about a Sticky at the top that explains commonly used acronyms or abbreviations? I want these forums to be user-friendly to attract more people. Thumbs up
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fiwit
Apr 22, 2012 8:28 AM CST
Along that same line -- would EF mean the same thing if it was used somewhere else on the site? Would *t* mean the same thing if it was used somewhere else on the site? In my opinion, site-wide acronyms should be defined in the welcome forum.
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Mangogirl
Apr 22, 2012 9:08 AM CST
Ok - this is just my opinion - but I don't like or use acronyms at all. They are an impediment to good communication which is exactly what we are trying to do here - communicate. I understand that they are a tool to make it faster/easier to type. But even still, if I use one, I define it with the first use.

Most people don't spend the time that I do here - they bop in and out to get their answers - and if they can't figure it out in a few minutes, they are going to go somewhere else.

Is it so hard to type the word "tutorial" in the subject line rather than "(*T*)"? It's five characters vs. eight characters. I don't know - if it were me, I would just type the word - or put it in all caps if it needs to have attention drawn to it.

Again - this is just me - and I know there are lots of ways of doing things. But when I build or visit a website, I try to not think what is easiest for the moderator, but what is easiest for a new user. This site will be best for all involved (owner, frequent users, infrequent users) the more traffic we can generate. And one key to that is making it user-friendly.

Again, just my opinion and I respect everyone else's.

Carol

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Trish
Apr 22, 2012 10:50 AM CST

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knoxred
Apr 23, 2012 6:44 AM CST
I just added the EF definition into the forum info box so it's easy to find. You're right that it was never defined here, so good catch! We want new visitors to find their way around easily.

In general, abbreviations become necessary when field space is limited, like in titles, but should be clearly defined somewhere handy.

In regular postings, we should all strive to clearly define an abbreviation or acryonm with it's first usage within a thread, (maybe even put it in bold type for easier finding), so somebody entering the site at that point would have the information right at hand. We can't assume a new visitor has read every thread in a forum, so having it defined in a previous thread wouldn't help.

Alas, I fear the acronym problem will get worse with the prevalence of texting. I often ask my teenager what certain acronyms mean. I'll write out full sentences on my texts, slowly hunting and pecking on my tiny phone keypad, and using proper grammar, only to get a cryptic reply of a few letters. It seems language skills are deteriorating at the same rate technology is advancing!
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fiwit
Apr 23, 2012 11:40 AM CST
KnoxRed, I finally had to give up and ask a friend what SMH means (shaking my head) cause I see it on facebook posts all the time. When she told me, I wrote back that I was RME (rolling my eyes). Hilarious!
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Bonehead
May 16, 2015 9:31 AM CST
I gloss over acronyms and rarely bother to try to figure them out.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

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