It seems OT gets flooded with new users come summertime, so I thought making a thread like this would be a good idea to keep those kiddies under control and not acting like complete retards (or at least acting better than they would act if this thread didn’t exist).
In this thread, you are going to learn the basics of what is Off-Topic.
You’ll notice quite a few regulars using different terms and acronyms throughout this forum, and it’s important that you know what they’re talking about.
Here are some basic acronyms and terms that you’ll need to know.
– This stands for Off-Topic, the subforum you’re currently using.
– This stands for Serious Discussion, another subforum on this website.
– It’s not as prominent as it used to be, but some users refer to Off-Topic as /2/ due to the number and forward slash in the URL for the subforum.
– This stands for private message.
– Short for alternate account.
– Abbreviation for Kongregate.
– Original Post/Original Poster.
– Tinychat – the chatroom that many OT regs visit.
– Quoted For Truth – Often used to agree with something someone had posted, though quoting someone to agree with them is generally put aside as a post intended solely for 1-upping your post count.
– Too long; didn’t read – basically means something was too long for the average OTer’s attention span.
People here also tend to spurt out memes like ‘an hero’, so if you don’t know what those mean, look them up.
People here also use acronyms for peoples’ usernames (e.g. YM12, ARK, TT, etc.), so getting to know what those stand for could also help you better understand who or what people are talking about.
I know there’s already a set of guidelines for how to behave in these forums, but there are also some key things you’ll need to learn for people to pay any attention to your posts or respect you in these forums.
1.) Don’t act like you’re smarter than everyone else.
Acting like you know everything can make people hate you pretty quickly.
Just because you think you know everything there is to know on this god-forsaken planet, doesn’t mean you do.
If you’re ever wrong, just admit you’re wrong rather than carrying on some pointless argument about how you’re right, even though you’re not.
It makes you look like a retard and makes people not want to tolerate you.
2.) postin lyk ur typin a txt to ur bff inint cool
If you’re going to post like this, people aren’t going to pay any attention to what you’re trying to say.
You’re either going to get flamed or ignored, which isn’t exactly the greatest thing in the world.
If you’re going to post here, don’t act like an illiterate retard, learn to type things properly and learn to use decent grammar.
Some grammatical errors are okay, but typing an entire paragraph without punctuation, capitalization or proper spelling is just flame bait, and you’re most likely going to get flamed/trolled/ignored for doing so.
3.) Treating the regulars like shit isn’t a way to get accepted.
Yes, I realize most people who come in here and flame are just alts, but some of them are legitimate accounts who don’t know how to act properly.
Acting like you’re better than the regs here is a fine way of trolling, but it’s no way to become accepted.
No one likes someone who thinks they’re above everyone else in this forum.
4.) Don’t spam.
Okay, so you found a cool image, whoopdy fuckin’ doo, don’t go spamming it around the forums.
It doesn’t make you look cool and doesn’t earn you respect from anyone.
This also includes spamming letters or punctuation.
Adding extra punctuation (e.g. How????) can also be considered spam, and is rather annoying.
5.) Don’t get butthurt (angry; mad) over stupid things.
Being butthurt all the time can anger or annoy people.
It may also lead to people flaming you in the future.
There are a few more things you should know, but they can be found here.