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Are abbreviations and acronyms getting out of control on the trading forums?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by Rochefort10nh, Apr 17, 2014.


Are abbreviations and acronyms on the trading forums getting out of control?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Simple yes or no poll. Are abbreviations and acronyms on the trading forums getting out of control and confusing/exasperating people?
  2. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Jan 4, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    I don't always understand what people are talking about. (IDAUWPATA)
  3. mythaeus

    mythaeus Jul 22, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Useless and misleading poll. There isn't a clean "No" the way the poll is worded. Most of the people who vote "yes" will likely be people who have never traded, don't trade, or never plan on trading. If there's a way to limit the poll to people who actively participate in trading, that may worth something. Even then, it isn't that honest of a poll either since the alternative wording would be Yes/No "Do you want everything on the trading forum to be spelled out?" For Trade: Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout Two Thousand Thirteen, In Search Of: Tired Hands Brewing Company The Light that Spills Out of the Hole in Your Head. Anyone?

    I mean, really? How far are you going to police acronyms and abbreviations? Heady is no longer acceptable, you must say "Heady Topper" because noobs don't know what "Heady" is? '13? WTF (what the fuck) is that? Anniversary 13? Feet 13?
    BrettHead, mcrago, mlhyatt and 2 others like this.
  4. markgugs

    markgugs Dec 20, 2006 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    I voted "yes" and I trade quite a bit :)
    timotao, wrp, lowbit and 5 others like this.
  5. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Misleading? Too funny!! A clean no??? It's quite a simple question. Why should it be limited to people who actually trade when many of the people who don't are too confused or intimidated by all the unintelligible acronyms being thrown around left and right to ever want to enter the fray.

    Try to remove yourself from your extreme trading mindset and think of what an outsider/newbie would think of all of it.
  6. jivex5k

    jivex5k Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    It can be overwhelming but just post and ask what it is if you can't figure it out. You'll get an answer almost immediately.

    I didn't know what CR17 was, now I know I want one lol.
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  7. Sarge3130

    Sarge3130 May 13, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Just curious as to why someone would be imtimidated to ask what an acronym stands for? Also, if they have to ask, chances are they won't have what is being asked for or offered.
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  8. jivex5k

    jivex5k Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    They might want that acronym beer though. If I have a beer that someone is ISO and they are offering an acronym, I first google it with beer added to the end, and if I get nothing then I ask.
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  9. PapiFuego

    PapiFuego Aug 20, 2013 New York

    Since the thread is made, I see the following abbreviations a lot. What does MBCP, VSB, and CR17 stand for?
  10. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Because they don't want to look foolish. Plenty of snark in the trading forums.
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  11. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish May 11, 2012 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    I voted yes. I have no fucking clue what people are talking about a lot of the time
  12. MattOC

    MattOC Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    1. MBCP = Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
    2. VSB = New Glarus' R&D Very Sour Blackberry
    3. CR 17 = I don't not know. Don't think I've actually seen that one despite it being mentioned in this thread.
  13. jivex5k

    jivex5k Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    Whoops I meant CW16....LOL
    Central Waters Sixteen
  14. MattOC

    MattOC Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Ah, I knew that one. Thanks.
  15. cfh64

    cfh64 Aug 16, 2005 Texas
    Beer Trader

    mythaeus, concealed and F2brewers like this.
  16. jivex5k

    jivex5k Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    Nah I'm all set. ;)
    concealed, AlienSwineFlu and cfh64 like this.
  17. Ckoz

    Ckoz Feb 15, 2014 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Voted yes.

    And I trade pretty frequently in the few months I have been here. Its mostly beers i'll likely never want to try so it doesn't bother me too much but it is a lot to try and decode.
  18. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Yes. Not everyone is reading BeerAdvocate's trading forums plus the regional subforums every single day to know what all the different beers are being sought out nationally on a day-to-day basis. I try to keep away from the acronyms whenever possible when posting a ISO:FT post.
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  19. prdstmnky

    prdstmnky Jan 8, 2010 Vermont

    I actually had someone at a bar ask me if id ever tried "BT". Was a conversation about beer, so I knew what he was talking about. Just found it extremely odd that this fella went as far as to speak in acronyms when referencing a beer in person.
  20. Mbo108

    Mbo108 Dec 3, 2013 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    You can't beat Busch Tallboys
    jvodom and cavedave like this.
  21. gueuzedreg

    gueuzedreg Jan 18, 2013 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Someone help me out on OTWOA
  22. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    On the Wings of Armageddon from DC Brau
  23. concealed

    concealed May 7, 2009 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    I work in finance and acronyms are ubiquitous, whats a couple more?
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  24. Theortiz01

    Theortiz01 Jun 7, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Now that we're on the subject, I know what a BIF is, but what is a LIF?
  25. MattOC

    MattOC Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Lottery It Forward
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  26. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    I usually make the connections pretty easily but it took me a month to figure out what VSB was because I only every saw it written as that and I don't follow New Glarus.
    cavedave likes this.
  27. cavedave

    cavedave Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    Better to use the full names of beers, and let other traders think you're a noob, than to use acronyms for everything, and let them know for sure.
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