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Is there anything that can be done to curb overly technical language used in some threads that are hard to follow to the casual reader.
It seems as though they have evolved to be only read by hard core followers of the particular thread.
One thread I have a particular beef with is the NSW rail observations thread with convoluted writing together with bad grammar in places and most irritating, high reliance on acronyms throughout.
If you are going to use them, at least start off with the full wording with it's acronym in brackets before using it in the rest of the post.
Not everyone is a hard core follower of a particular specialty in transport and it comes of as trying to be exclusive. The idea of sharing ideas has been lost by some.
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Are you referring to common internet abbreviations that you can google?

Some I can understand your point e.g. SWA - Steering Wheel Attendant.

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No, I'm referring to Sydney Trains operational specific acronyms bandied about like common language.
Just look at the March rail observations thread to see plenty of examples like PID, config 13, LICS, T1, T3,T4 etc etc.
It's like an aspergers fest and impossible to keep up for someone with only a passing interest to things rail.
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Most people in Sydney would know what T1, T2 etc stand for.

But this from a Swift post only today:
an M bus
. So how far do we go? I suspect that M would be less meaningful than the T train line numbers to most people.
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The rail thread clearly has far more problems with use of these obscure codes than occasional bus depot codes which is pretty straightforward in comparison.
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I don't know about all of the acronyms used, but T1, T2 etc are train line numbers which can be found on the Sydney Trains website: http://www.sydneytrains.info/

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TT can mean 4 things (in SA at least). TT as in Torrens Transit, TT as in Timetable, TT as in Transit times. There's also the user "TT", so context is always important when using acronyms. Personally I don't use TT anymore (unless referring to the user), I use Torrens for TT, and leave the other two meanings in their full form so as not to confuse anyone.

I agree with Swift, the first time you're going to use an acronym, put in brackets what it means so everyone is on the same page. There are exceptions to this (like if your post was only going to be one sentance or so), but it's a good general rule.
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Swift wrote:The rail thread clearly has far more problems with use of these obscure codes than occasional bus depot codes which is pretty straightforward in comparison.
And one letter bus depot codes you can't search, and no it's not that straightforward. Newer members wouldn't know what "V" stands for. They might think it means Vaucluse, Villawood or Vineyard for example. (I know it's not).

Do private bus depots have one letter codes?
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