- The LONG DP Jargon Guide
- Forums jargon for DPers
- Wiki jargon for DPers
- Book Publishing jargon for DPers
- LOTE Jargon Guides
Organizations and specialized activities develop their own sets of specialized terminology, or jargon, and DP is no exception to that. Accordingly, we have developed some FAQ-like Jargon Guides you can access in order to learn some of our lingo.
Other Jargon Guides contain terms that are a bit more specialized. The Group Activities Jargon Guide will become especially relevant to you if you start using Jabber. The remaining Jargon Guides shown in the Jargon Navigator box relate to the specific activities mentioned in their titles.
If you come across an acronym or term that isn't mentioned in one of these Jargon Guides, please ask about it in one of the DP forums.
Detailed suggestions on how best to add and edit Jargon-related information can be found at Help:Jargon.
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- 2 BBCode
- 3 bump
- 4 DP Forum
- 5 DPWiki
- 6 drift
- 7 emoticon
- 8 forum
- 9 forum moderator
- 10 forum post
- 11 hijack
- 12 moderator
- 13 PM: Private Message
- 14 poll thread
- 15 post/posting
- 16 project discussion
- 17 project forum
- 18 project thread
- 19 Real Life/RL
- 20 smiley
- 21 sticky
- 22 sticky thread
- 23 thread
- For more information about avatars, see the this DP article.
BBCode is the specialized coding syntax that can be used in the DP Forums to format, and otherwise customize, posts. These tags can be used to added formatting and links to text, and also to add images to forum postings.
The term bump (as in "bump up") is often used to refer to a (usually short) forum post made in a thread, the primary purpose of which is to move the thread back up to the top (after the Announcements and sticky threads) of the thread list in a given DP forum.
- For more information about using the DP Forum, see this DP article.
Thread drift (also drift) is the phenomenon of the conversation in a particular thread of the DP forum straying somewhat from the original topic through a series of comments made in follow-up posts. In some ways, drift in a thread is similar to a person's "stream of consciousness" thought process.
Thread drift is a mild form of a thread hijack. Where to draw the line between "drift" and "hijack" is very much open for debate, but two rules of thumb that can be useful are if a moderator pulls out his or her "scissors" to split the thread, it was likely a "hijack," and if the thread's conversation eventually returns to the original topic through its own meanderings, it was likely a "drift."
For an example of an almost "textbook case" of thread drift, see this Ellipsis and footnote markers thread.
An emoticon (also smiley) is either a sequence of ordinary printable characters (such as :-) ) or a small image (such as ), used to represent a human facial expression and convey an emotion in a posting to the DP Forum.
- For more information about emoticons, see this DP article.
A forum is an online discussion site and message board. Wikipedia's article about forums has a more detailed definition.
A post is an individual message made (posted) to the DP forum. Posting is the act of making a posting (or post).
To post a new question or make a new comment in the Project Thread, you must click on the Post Reply button (not New Topic). This is because each Project Discussion is a dedicated thread in the Projects Waiting, Projects Being Proofed or Formatted, Projects Being Post-Processed or Verified, or Archive of Posted Projects forum, as appropriate, and not a separate forum of its own.
A thread hijack, often referred to simply as a hijack, is the phenomenon of the conversation in a particular thread in the DP forum moving off its original topic, and a new topic taking over the bulk of that thread's discussion.
At DP, thread hijacks are not usually intentionally executed, but are normally a result of someone making a tangential comment as part of a post which sparks enough interest to lead the discussion into that divergent direction. It's that "catching of others' interest" that can turn a thread "drift" into a full-fledged "hijack."
At some varying point, the thread will likely draw the attention of a moderator, who will often pull out her or his "scissors" and split the hijacked thread into two (or more) pieces, giving each major topic of conversation a thread of its own in an appropriate forum.
- For more information about moderators, see this DP article.
PM: Private Message
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- For more information about poll threads, see this DP article.
See forum post.
See project thread.
See project thread.
- For more information about project threads, see this DP article.
Real Life, which is often abbreviated as RL, is a phrase you will sometimes see used in forum postings to refer to one's activities outside of DP, or to one's activities outside the Internet in general.
See sticky thread.
- For more information about sticky threads, see this DP article.
- For more information about DP Forum threads, see this DP article.