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jcsheng, see the section called "How does a thread get marked Hot/Dead/Locked?" below

I will try to keep this compilation on the last page of the thread.

Any acronyms not listed here can be found at AcronymFinder.com.

AC - After coupon (see below)
AFAIK - As far as I know
AFWCB - After Fatwallet cash back
AMEX - American Express
AP - After price match
AR - After rebate
AT - Anandtech.com (hot deal site)
B&M – Brick and mortar store (A physical retail store as opposed to an online merchant)
B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one get one free
BB – Best Buy
BF - Black Friday (friday after Thanksgiving. Sales on BF show if stores will profit on the year (run in the black))
BT - Balance transfer
BTW - By the way
Bump - Replying to a thread to move it to the top of a forum to make it more prominent
BVG - Best Value Guarantee (see below)
CC – Circuit City
CC – Credit card
CMC - Cellular mobile carrier
CPN - Coupon (see below)
CSR - Customer service representative
CUSA - COMPUSA
CYM - Check your mail
DD - Deal discussion
DD - Dumpster diving - rummaging through clearance products
DOTY - Deal of the year
DOTD - Deal of the Day, usually referring to buy.com pricing specials
DMCA - Digital Millenium Copyright Act
EE - gov't bond issued at 1/2 of face value (Patriot bond)
FAR - Free after rebate
FADD - Free after dumpster diving
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FBB - Farm Bureau Bank
FSOT - For sale or trade
FW - FatWallet
FWCB - FatWallet cash back
FWIW - For what it's worth
GC – Gift certificate
GDA – Good deal at
HD - Hot deal
HSN – Home Shopping Network
HTH - Hope this helps
IIRC - If I recall correctly
IMHO - In my honest/humble opinion
IMO - In my opinion
IR - Instant rebate
ISO - In search of, or type of CD-Rom image file
LMAO - Laughing my a** off
LMK - Let me know
LOL - Laugh out loud
LPG - Lowest price guarantee, PM program available on some Chase CCs
MC - MyCoupons.com (Forums)
MFG - Manufacturer
MFR - Manufacturer
MIR – Mail in rebate
MM - Money market
MSN - Microsoft Network
noob, noobie - a new user/member (usually used in a demeaning way)
NZR - No zero reply (a reply to a thread for the sake of having at least 1 reply)
OD – Office Depot
OEM - Original equipment manufacturer
OM – Office Max
OOS - Out of stock
OP - Original poster (author of thread)
OT - Off topic
OTD - Out the door
PM – Price match (see below)
PM - Private message
RAOK – Random act of kindness
RMA - Return merchandise authorization
ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
ROTFLMAO - Rolling on the floor laughing my a__ off
SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
SB - Savings bond
SB - Small business
SKU - Unique product ID number assigned by the retailer
SPAM - Unwanted commercial e-mail advertisements, usually unsolicited Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
S/H – Shipping and handling
TIA - Thanks in advance
TLA - Three letter acronym
TRU – Toys R Us
TTT - To the top (moves a thread higher on the forum so all can see)
TY - Thank you
TWLA - The world loves acronyms
UCE - Unsolicited commercial e-mail Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
UPC - Universal product code (unique product ID assigned by MFR)
UPS - United Parcel Service
USPS - United States Postal Service
YAFTS - Yet another free T-shirt
YGM - You've got mail
YGPM - You've got a private message
YHPM- You have a private message (related to forums)
YMMV - Your mileage may vary

Forum Guidelines
  • Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.
  • Deal requests belong in the Deal Discussion category.
  • Hot deals that are worth less than $10 and are absolutely free belong in the Free Stuff category.
  • Self-promotion, referral links, and auctions are not allowed. If you would like to advertise on FatWallet, please contact info@fatwallet.com. To remove the opportunity for abuse, we will not allow links to competing websites in a user's signature. However, we do not restrict users from stating where they found information in their message.
  • Treat other forum members with respect. Please don’t flame others. We are all here for the same purpose - to find hot deals and to share the deals we find.
  • Please refrain from using vulgar and/or explicit language.
  • If you find that a post violates forum guidelines, please use the moderator alert button to bring it to the attention of forum moderators. No need to make a useless post to a thread that will be locked or moved anyway.
  • Never call a store to see if a price is correct, if a deal will work, or if a rebate will go through. Many deals involve taking advantage of a mispricing or a loophole in store policy. Thousands of phone calls will throw up red flags at the retailer and kill the deal.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif" border=0> Post your question on Fatwallet and let an experienced member answer. There is risk involved in many deals.

    What is so great about FatWallet?
    Consumers at Fatwallet benefit from deals that others find. Then, they benefit further from discussion of the merits, plausability, and sometimes morality of the deal. Few deal sites can approach the volume of Fatwallet - NONE can approach the freedom of speech that fatwallet provides and defends.

    I think I found a hot deal and want to post it.
  • Search the fatwallet forums to see if it has been posted already!
  • Include store name/location, product, price, and conditions (coupon, price match, subscribe for a year, etc.) in the title so people can quickly determine if your deal fits their profile.
  • To get an idea of how "hot" your deal is, compare your price to Pricewatch.com or eBay. You don't have to beat the Pricewatch price by very much because usually products from those companies are not retail and have very limited warranties.
  • Don't put POLL in the title unless you are taking a POLL. Don't take a poll in the Hot Deals forum.
  • Please click submit only once. If you get an error, check to see if it posted anyway.
  • Read the forum guidelines.

    How does a thread get marked Hot/Dead/Locked?
    A thread is marked "Hot" depending on how many views it gets in a certain period of time, "Dead" when enough FW members flag the deal as dead, and "Locked" when a forum moderator decides that the thread doesn't conform to forum guidelines.

    Thread rating system
    The thread rating system is a work in progress. Only some users have been selected to rate messages.

    Other forum-related how-to, how many posts does it take, and configuration questions?
    This information can be found in the help menu on the forum menu bar.

    Price Match (PM)
    Some retailers will let you buy an item at the (lower) price that a competitor is charging. Exact policies vary by store. Many stores or sales reps don't follow the policies to the letter, which could be an advantage or a disadvantage to the customer. Since the implementation of PM policies are inconsistent, all deals involving a pricematch are your mileage may vary (YMMV).

    For details on PMing at Staples, see the Official St@ples Pricematch Thread

    Staples PM policy
    Circuit City PM policy
    Best Buy PM policy

    Best Value Guarantee (BVG)
    American Express's price matching program available on some AMEX cards. Buy an item with your card and if you see it advertised in print for less within 60 days, AMEX will refund you the difference. For more details, search the forums for BVG. You should read through a deal involving BVG before asking questions.

    AmericanExpress BVG policy
    List of @MEX cards with BVG

    Coupons / Coupon Codes
    Most coupons can be found at The Official "Official Thread" Thread
    One-time-use cpn codes including Dell SB coupon codes are found in the One Time Use Coupons forum.
    If you wish to buy or sell a one-time-use cpn code, go to One Time Use Codes For Sale Or Trade.

    Of course, the best way to get coupon codes is to open a business account(s) at a retailer who e-mails or mails out coupons and hope that one is sent to you. You will probably want to use/create an e-mail account specifically for SPAM for this purpose.

    For Sale/Trade Forum
    When selling or trading with another FW member, you may be asked to ship first if you don't have any feedback rating from Heatware or eBay. To verify that a FW member has given you an eBay ID that he or she actually owns, you might be able to send an e-mail through the eBay system and see if he/she gets it.


    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    - Benjamin Franklin, 1759

  • Is it just me or do most people misuse "YMMV?" Perhaps they read it as "Y M M V" rather than your mileage may vary. I read out each word, and it never makes any sense in conjunction with the rest of the sentence. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif" border=0>

    simonsezzzz said: [Q]Is it just me or do most people misuse "YMMV?" Perhaps they read it as "Y M M V" rather than your mileage may vary. I read out each word, and it never makes any sense in conjunction with the rest of the sentence. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif" border=0>Most abbreviations come from the old BBS (Bullention Board Service) days.(Before VP Al Gore invented the internet)
    By added spaces to YMMV or any abbreviation, it would slowed down the forum mail. (a big no no)

    Back then with 400 Baud modem; it would take anywhere from 2 to 4 days to download a pic.

    L8r

    i like the new fresh look!!!

    Gentle1969 said: [Q]Does FatWallet have a ethics clause or statement in regards to deal postings?

    I know there are rules, but I did not see any mention of making sure a deal is ethical before posting it.

    What I mean to say is, if a deal is posted, and it can be proven to be unethical to post as a deal, does FatWallet care?

    Gentle 1969

    The problem with such a statement is that there is no clear line in the sand other than what is legal and illegal.

    One could clearly see that using a false credit card number to place an order would be illegal and unethical.

    It is a much more difficult question when someone says "use coupon 234234234 for $20 off any size order". We don't know what the merchant's perspective is, we don't know what the original terms of the offer were, we don't know if the merchant wanted it to be shared - we don't know if it is a glitch or if it was intentional.

    As we serve people from across the country (and some friendly canadians), and people from different upbringings, what is completely ethical and acceptable to one person, is completely unethical and unacceptable to others. with both sides thinking the other is insane for having their opinion.

    We do our best to draw the line through our moderation to set the tone, much to the disgust of some members who think if it can be done, it should be done.

    sweez said: [Q]i like the new fresh look!!!Repost your message HERE FatWallet.com - pocket the difference. You just might get a T for your message. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

    Wow...first time reading this and i'm a senior member. ahha. Great info!

    Great info for newbie's.
    Thanks!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif" border=0>

    This is a great info for us newbies as it helps me better understand
    this forum board! Thanks!

    i like the new look.. very good.

    Thanks Chief Mucky Muck!

    Thanks

    Thanks

    Thanks

    Sorry about the double post...

    useful post for newbies...<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

    what does 'Imk' stand for??

    Rtrn2Sndr said: [Q]what does 'Imk' stand for??
    Let me know

    I will try to keep this compilation on the last page of the thread.

    Any acronyms not listed here can be found at AcronymFinder.com.

    AC - After coupon (see below)
    AFAIK - As far as I know
    AFWCB - After FatWallet Cash Back
    AMEX - American Express
    AP - After price match
    AR - After rebate
    AT - Anandtech.com (hot deal site)
    B&M – Brick and mortar store (A physical retail store as opposed to an online merchant)
    B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one get one free
    BB – Best Buy
    BF - Black Friday (friday after Thanksgiving. Sales on BF show if stores will profit on the year (run in the black))
    BT - Balance transfer
    BTW - By the way
    Bump - Replying to a thread to move it to the top of a forum to make it more prominent
    BVG - Best Value Guarantee (see below)
    CC – Circuit City
    CC – Credit card
    CMC - Cellular mobile carrier
    CPN - Coupon (see below)
    CSR - Customer service representative
    CUSA - COMPUSA
    CYM - Check your mail
    DD - Deal discussion
    DD - Dumpster diving - rummaging through clearance products
    DOTY - Deal of the year
    DOTD - Deal of the Day, usually referring to buy.com pricing specials
    DMCA - Digital Millenium Copyright Act
    EE - gov't bond issued at 1/2 of face value (Patriot bond)
    FAR - Free after rebate
    FADD - Free after dumpster diving
    FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
    FBB - Farm Bureau Bank
    FSOT - For sale or trade
    FW - FatWallet
    FWCB - FatWallet Cash Back
    FWIW - For what it's worth
    GC – Gift certificate
    GDA – Good deal at
    HD - Hot deal
    HSN – Home Shopping Network
    HTH - Hope this helps
    IIRC - If I recall correctly
    IMHO - In my honest/humble opinion
    IMO - In my opinion
    IR - Instant rebate
    ISO - In search of, or type of CD-Rom image file
    LMAO - Laughing my a** off
    LMK - Let me know
    LOL - Laugh out loud
    LPG - Lowest price guarantee, PM program available on some Chase CCs
    MC - MyCoupons.com (Forums)
    MFG - Manufacturer
    MFR - Manufacturer
    MIR – Mail in rebate
    MM - Money market
    MSN - Microsoft Network
    noob, noobie - a new user/member (usually used in a demeaning way)
    NZR - No zero reply (a reply to a thread for the sake of having at least 1 reply)
    OD – Office Depot
    OEM - Original equipment manufacturer
    OM – Office Max
    OOS - Out of stock
    OP - Original poster (author of thread)
    OT - Off topic
    OTD - Out the door
    PM – Price match (see below)
    PM - Private message
    RAOK – Random act of kindness
    RMA - Return merchandise authorization
    ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
    ROTFLMAO - Rolling on the floor laughing my a__ off
    SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
    SB - Savings bond
    SB - Small business
    SKU - Unique product ID number assigned by the retailer
    SPAM - Unwanted commercial e-mail advertisements, usually unsolicited Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
    S/H – Shipping and handling
    TIA - Thanks in advance
    TLA - Three letter acronym
    TRU – Toys R Us
    TTT - To the top (moves a thread higher on the forum so all can see)
    TY - Thank you
    TWLA - The world loves acronyms
    UCE - Unsolicited commercial e-mail Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
    UPC - Universal product code (unique product ID assigned by MFR)
    UPS - United Parcel Service
    USPS - United States Postal Service
    YAFTS - Yet another free T-shirt
    YGM - You've got mail
    YGPM - You've got a private message
    YHPM- You have a private message (related to forums)
    YMMV - Your mileage may vary

    Forum Guidelines
  • Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.
  • Deal requests belong in the Deal Discussion category.
  • Hot deals that are worth less than $10 and are absolutely free belong in the Free Stuff category.
  • Self-promotion, referral links, and auctions are not allowed. If you would like to advertise on FatWallet, please contact info@fatwallet.com. To remove the opportunity for abuse, we will not allow links to competing websites in a user's signature. However, we do not restrict users from stating where they found information in their message.
  • Treat other forum members with respect. Please don’t flame others. We are all here for the same purpose - to find hot deals and to share the deals we find.
  • Please refrain from using vulgar and/or explicit language.
  • If you find that a post violates forum guidelines, please use the moderator alert button to bring it to the attention of forum moderators. No need to make a useless post to a thread that will be locked or moved anyway.
  • Never call a store to see if a price is correct, if a deal will work, or if a rebate will go through. Many deals involve taking advantage of a mispricing or a loophole in store policy. Thousands of phone calls will throw up red flags at the retailer and kill the deal.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif" border=0> Post your question on Fatwallet and let an experienced member answer. There is risk involved in many deals.

    What is so great about FatWallet?
    Consumers at Fatwallet benefit from deals that others find. Then, they benefit further from discussion of the merits, plausability, and sometimes morality of the deal. Few deal sites can approach the volume of Fatwallet - NONE can approach the freedom of speech that fatwallet provides and defends.

    I think I found a hot deal and want to post it.
  • Search the fatwallet forums to see if it has been posted already!
  • Include store name/location, product, price, and conditions (coupon, price match, subscribe for a year, etc.) in the title so people can quickly determine if your deal fits their profile.
  • To get an idea of how "hot" your deal is, compare your price to Pricewatch.com or eBay. You don't have to beat the Pricewatch price by very much because usually products from those companies are not retail and have very limited warranties.
  • Don't put POLL in the title unless you are taking a POLL. Don't take a poll in the Hot Deals forum.
  • Please click submit only once. If you get an error, check to see if it posted anyway.
  • Read the forum guidelines.

    How does a thread get marked Hot/Dead/Locked?
    A thread is marked "Hot" depending on how many views it gets in a certain period of time, "Dead" when enough FW members flag the deal as dead, and "Locked" when a forum moderator decides that the thread doesn't conform to forum guidelines.

    Thread rating system
    The thread rating system is a work in progress. Only some users have been selected to rate messages.

    Other forum-related how-to, how many posts does it take, and configuration questions?
    This information can be found in the help menu on the forum menu bar.

    Price Match (PM)
    Some retailers will let you buy an item at the (lower) price that a competitor is charging. Exact policies vary by store. Many stores or sales reps don't follow the policies to the letter, which could be an advantage or a disadvantage to the customer. Since the implementation of PM policies are inconsistent, all deals involving a pricematch are your mileage may vary (YMMV).

    For details on PMing at Staples, see the Official St@ples Pricematch Thread

    Staples PM policy
    Circuit City PM policy
    Best Buy PM policy

    Best Value Guarantee (BVG)
    American Express's price matching program available on some AMEX cards. Buy an item with your card and if you see it advertised in print for less within 60 days, AMEX will refund you the difference. For more details, search the forums for BVG. You should read through a deal involving BVG before asking questions.

    AmericanExpress BVG policy
    List of @MEX cards with BVG

    Coupons / Coupon Codes
    Most coupons can be found at The Official "Official Thread" Thread
    One-time-use cpn codes including Dell SB coupon codes are found in the One Time Use Coupons forum.
    If you wish to buy or sell a one-time-use cpn code, go to One Time Use Codes For Sale Or Trade.

    Of course, the best way to get coupon codes is to open a business account(s) at a retailer who e-mails or mails out coupons and hope that one is sent to you. You will probably want to use/create an e-mail account specifically for SPAM for this purpose.

    For Sale/Trade Forum
    When selling or trading with another FW member, you may be asked to ship first if you don't have any feedback rating from Heatware or eBay. To verify that a FW member has given you an eBay ID that he or she actually owns, you might be able to send an e-mail through the eBay system and see if he/she gets it.


    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    - Benjamin Franklin, 1759

  • Nice work gfgray keeping your message up to date !

    Here's another acronym...

    WYB = when you buy

    YABA = Yet Another Bloody Acronym

    JLT - Just like that

    ghey = gay

    This post is exactly what i was looking for. A freind turned me on to FatWallet and i love it. It was alittle confuisng getting started but this post really helps.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

    NIIICE thx

    Edit by Moderator: Because of the obvious potential abuses of our site, FatWallet does not permit messages to be posted by parties who gain a benefit from the message. If you would like to advertise on FatWallet.Com, please send an email to advertise@fatwallet.com.

    what is "w/" ??
    newbie. -_-

    lachdanan said: [Q]what is "w/" ??
    newbie. -_-
    w/ = with
    w/o = without

    ...these are very common abbreviations, not just ones you will see on deal sitez

    nice -- looking good!

    some of these acronyms are so funny!

    Hippi2000 said: [Q]some of these acronyms are so funny!

    yes they are.

    hahaha hilarious. good job!

    i'm pissed! new member doesn't allow to post any topic at all? I posted one and got deleted right away.

    mattx said: [Q]new member doesn't allow to post any topic at all? I posted one and got deleted right away.
    Mattx
    Did you ask the Moderator why?

    BTW Next time post your complaint HERE or start a thread now. GL

    More questions or comments?

    For quickest response:
    Go to "Help" on any page, then "contact us," then "other question or comment:" http://www.fatwallet.com/support/contact.php?contactReason=other.
    Or, click on "alert moderator" from any forum discussion.

    For the next level: Steve@FatWallet.com
    Please include your username with any correspondence.

    Is thier a way to configure the fourm to only show 1day, 2day,3day old mesg.

    -Thanks

    DealPanorama said: [Q]Is thier a way to configure the fourm to only show 1day, 2day,3day old mesg.

    -Thanks

    Play here in the up and coming "new look"

    how long are threads retained? I used the search tool with a keyword of Dell and searched back to july and the search came up empty.

    thanks,
    jd



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