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I am relatively new to Stack Exchange. I have started to frequent the Math and Programming (stackoverflow.com) forums. I have been active in other similar forums in the past. Those forums strongly encouraged against using texting-style abbreviations such as single letters for words. What is the general policy in that regards here?

p.s. My apologies if this has been discussed before. The list of "Similar Questions" to the right does not appear to have a thread that looks like this question. If there is one somewhere, please post a link.

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<John Lydon>Thiiis is not a forum!</John Lydon> –  Daniel Fischer Jul 22 '12 at 19:08
    
@DanielFischer There is no other word in my vocabulary to describe what this is. =p –  Code-Guru Jul 22 '12 at 19:20
    
A question and answer site? –  Daniel Fischer Jul 22 '12 at 19:22
    
@DanielFischer I guess that would work...seems a bit verbose, though. –  Code-Guru Jul 22 '12 at 19:24
    
Well, Q&A is an abbreviation that's accepted hereabouts too. –  Daniel Fischer Jul 22 '12 at 19:31
    
@DanielFischer That works...and is a little ironic (or maybe just amusing) given the topic of my question. –  Code-Guru Jul 22 '12 at 19:32
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I am aware of the irony. By the way, welcome to Stack Exchange, I think you'll be a valuable contributor, judging by this question. –  Daniel Fischer Jul 22 '12 at 19:35
    
@DanielFischer Thanks, I hope to be able to contribute with both questions and answers. –  Code-Guru Jul 22 '12 at 19:36
    
related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/105180/… –  Josh Caswell Jul 22 '12 at 19:49

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It's discouraged. If you use them, though, chances are somebody will just edit your post to remove them right away, so you're not going to see many examples anyway.

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The policy here is "Don't use txtspk". You should use complete words and sentences, but normal and common abbreviations, e.g. i.e., are acceptable.

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