It's entirely possible this has simply been my experience...
...but I've noticed across the SE sites- not just the CS-related ones like SO, Programmers, Theoretical Computer Science, sec.se, etc.- there appears to be a lot of crossover between users of the technical network sites, and the non-technical ones, and as a result people feel comfortable using common abbreviations and referencing common technologies / IT-related terms without citing sources.
I do this myself, and there haven't been any issues, but recently someone complained in a comments section that someone used the abbreviation MSDS (which apparently stands for "Material Safety Datasheet"). While that's not an IT-related term-of-art, it started me wondering whether the de-facto standard of assuming computer literacy actually was a de-facto standard, and more broadly whether it should be.
- Does it alienate people who would otherwise use these sites?
- Does it not alienate people, but a significant majority of the site's users would prefer more citations?
- Or is it completely fine?
And I don't just mean using specific abbreviations; I also mean making comparisons to software testing methodologies, or referencing the Jargon File or the "Real Programmer" essay. Things that make sense within tech culture, but not to outsiders. References that you wouldn't make on your grandmother's quilting forum.