Question Proper etiquette for acronym usage?

southpawboston

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would it be too hard for people to spell out a full phrase at least when starting out their posts before just assuming that everyone will know what the acronym stands for?

i've been on this board for almost three years, and i'm still overwhelmed with the acronym usage. i realize that acronyms save a lot of time for the poster, but honestly, it can really cause confusion even for senior members (myself included!).

unless the abbreviation is a common one and pertinent to the forum (like BV, MA, FPSVD, etc), would it really hurt to include the full version in the title or first sentence... just once in the post? how much extra typing would that require? lately i've been reading more and more threads where i can't make sense of the acronym, even when trying to read the context in which it is used (SN, GMA, etc).

personally, i refrain from using car-related acronyms even though it would save me time typing (and this IS a car-related forum, after all), because i know that they may cause confusion to some portion of the forum community. i just ask that everyone consider this when using acronyms that aren't 100% self-evident.

thanks.
 
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