NOTE: This thread locked to make room for NEW FAQ!
This is version 1.0 of our Hot Deal Forum FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions - but you know that much already right?)
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Common abbreviations: AFAIK - As far as I know AR - After rebate 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 BTW - By the way BVG - Best Value Guarantee (Offered by some credit card companies) CC – Circuit City CC – Credit card CPN - Coupon CSR - Customer service representative CYM - Check your mail DD - Deal discussion GC – Gift certificate FAR - Free after rebate FWIW - For what it's worth GDA – Good deal at HD - Hot deal HSN – Home Shopping Network IIRC - If I Recall Correctly IMHO - In My Honest/Humble Opinion IMO - In my opinion IR - Instant rebate LMK - Let me know MFG - Manufacturer MFR - Manufacturer MIR – Mail in rebate OD – Office Depot OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer OM – Office Max OOS - Out of stock OP - Original Poster (author of thread) OT - Off topic PM – Price match PM - Private Message RAOK – Random act of kindness SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope S/H – Shipping and handling TIA - Thanks in advance TRU – Toys R Us YAFTS - Yet another free T-Shirt YMMV - Your mileage may vary YGM - You've got mail YGPM - You've got a private message
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posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 12:11p
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 12:12p
Good idea Tim... This should reduce the number of less-relevant hot deal followup questions.
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 12:32p
A few More..
IR - Instant Rebate YMMV - Your Mileage may vary. BUMP - 70's dance and Moving a thread to the top of the list OOS - Out of stock CSR - Customer Service Retar..uh.. Representative WTF - Watt Tub Fudge
Senior Member - 2K
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 12:53p
Nice job, Chief!
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 12:56p
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 1:45p
I'm glad this was posted because I was about to ask what YMMV meant!
Senior Member - 6K
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 2:35p
I keep seeing the abbreviation "FW" on other boards. What does that stand for?
i.e. "Stolen from FW", "As posted in FW", "Link to FW thread"....
(BTW...this is a joke...evidently a pretty lame one.)
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 2:54p
FW is where you just posted... FatWallet.
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 2:54p
this is awesome... definitly a must read for the newer folks
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 3:20p
AR after rebate
Is it possible to move the information in this thread to a separate link on the page (e.g. moving it to the FatWallet banner on the very top?)
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 3:23p
Fatwallet getting better with age.............nice idea Tim.
Chief Mucky Muck
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 3:24p
eventually each category should get a FAQ - some of this information should probably go in to a revised help/FAQ section up top... It shall evolve.
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 4:36p
dont forget - never ever call the company to see if its really a deal.
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 4:41p
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 6:46p
Senior Member - 3K
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 7:01p
SASE = Self Address Stamped Envelope
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 7:50p
OK, This is a GREAT idea! Thanks to swissjim and Chief Mucky Muck.
I've got a question...and I hope it isn't too stupid, but what exactly is a repost? Is it when you post a deal that has already been posted or is it when you post again to a post you started? Does that make sense?
Thanks for your help and a great forum
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 9:19p
A repost is when you start a new thread for a deal that has already been posted.
Senior Member - 1K
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 9:48p
Nice..this will be helpful to newcomers..
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 9:50p
how about a little faq on AMEX Blue (or other best price guarantee cards)?
posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 10:04p
Great, helpful idea Tim. Thanks. Some suggestions:::
* Ask folks to use DATES, not "Today," "Tomorrow," "Next Week," etc. For example, one of your recent threads includes "Monday, Jan 7" -- clear & specific. Since threads can re-emerge days/weeks/months after they began, a phrase like "Today-only" in a title can mislead.
* If a deal changes (e.g., Out of Stock, Coupon Denied, etc.), ask the original poster to "[UPDATE: date]" their original Title (and Message).
* Where appropriate, add synonyms to abbreviation. For example, for "AR" add (also: "After MIR," "MIR". After "YGM" add (also: "YGPM," "YHM," or "YHPM".
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This might eliminate the need for "Blazingly hot!," "Plasma Hot," "SSSMOKINNNN" and other inventive hyperbole, while giving those who respond a standard range. (Folks will still disagree -- per their needs/perspectives. But at least they'll do so w/in a confined range).
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