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<3 “Love” emoticon (symbolising a heart) 1337 Variation of “L33T”. 4 Shorthand for “for”. Often used in chat. 404 = “not found” 4Chan Anarchist imageboard (warning: NSFW!) 4get / 4got = “forget” / “forgot” 9000 = “many”. See also: “Over 9000”. Alice Generic name (like “John Doe”) for participants in a communication. Especially used in cryptography. See also “Bob” and “Eve” Anon A member of the Anonymous community. Can refer to (1) or (2) Anonymous (1) A meme referring to all anonymous users of the Internet in a personified way; (2) a virtual, decentralized community that initiates civil disobedience in the Internet (more info) “not your army” Refusing to join one’s personal feud or vendetta (also “NYA”) AFK = “Away From Keyboard”: Will not be able to respond immediately for a short while. ASL? Asking for basic user information (“Age, Sex, Location”) in anonymous chat. astroturfing Setting up fake “grassroots movement” sites or social media accounts in order to promote a commercial or political agenda (more info). See also: sock puppet. B Shorthand for “be”. Often used in chat. /b/ Imageboard on the 4Chan community, notorious for the creation of many new memes and crude practical jokes; Also the birthplace of the Anonymous movement (SRSLY NSFW! – you have been warned!) B4 Shorthand for “before”. BF = “Boy Friend” to blog To publish something on one’s personal web log. blogosphere The community of bloggers as a whole. Bob Generic name for a participant in a communication. Often used in cryptography (see also “Alice” and “Eve”) BS = “Bullshit” cake (1) a reward promised at the end of a long and tedious task (2) data or information that is particularly interesting or hard to find “delicious cake” Data or information that has been obtained by illegal means, e.g. by hacking a server (also used: “delicious moist cake”) “the cake is a lie” Exposing a false promise: ‘you will never get the promised reward’ (catch-phrase from the game “Portal”) CC “Carbon Copy” – putting somebody in copy of a message (mention) CT “Cut Tweet” – a shortened RT. Chan From Japanese: “cute”: either: (a) a person who is cute, small, or underage (!), (b) an imageboard with “cute” pictures. to copyleft To (legally) remove copyright restrictions (more info). Example: “I’ve copylefted the image, you can use it as you like.” cu = “see you!” DKDC = “Don’t Know, Don’t Care”. DM On Twitter: “Direct Message”. to dox To reveal (“to document”) the real identity of an Anon or h4x0r. emoticon Character images indicating emotions or facial expressions, like :-) One of the oldest memes of the Internet (more info, examples) EPIC A story you might want to tell your grandchildren one day. Indicates a “WIN” or “FAIL” of particularly large magnitude. Eve Somebody trying to eavesdrop other people’s private conversations. See also “Alice” and “Bob” FAIL Falling short of meeting one’s goals or expectations. Often used to mock another user (more info). “fail whale” On Twitter: breakdown of the server infrastructure.

  1. FF Hashtag for “Follow Friday”.

“Follow Friday” A recommendation to follow other Twitter users, typically posted on Fridays (indicated by: “#FollowFriday” or simply “#FF”) flame A hostile and insulting interaction. flamebait A topic that is likely to cause a flame war. flamewar A large-scale engagement in flaming (see also shitstorm) follower On Twitter: Another user who subscribed to your updates. FTF or F2F = “Face to Face” = in RL. FUBAR “F#*ked Up Beyond All Repair” (not to be confused with “foobar”) FUD = “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt”, a negative marketing strategy. foobar Generic placeholder name, like “John Doe” but for things (if two different placeholders are needed, “foo” and “bar” can be used). geotagging Adding location information to media (more info) GF = “Girl Friend” G.I.R.L. = “Guy in Real Life”. Rule #30: “There are no girls on the Internet”. Godwin’s law An eponym coined by Mike Godwin in 1990: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1 (100%).” → “Reductio ad Hitlerum” gr8 = “great!” GTFO “Get The F#*k Out” – please leave this discussion. h4x0r =“hacker”. Ironic expression, usually referring to wannabe hackers or script kiddies. h8 = “hate” Hanlon’s razor An eponym generally attributed to a Robert J. Hanlon: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”. hashtag Marking relevant keywords to facilitate finding similar messages. E.g. in Twitter, one converts a word into a hastag by prefixing it with the “#” (hash) symbol (Example: #EuropeanCommission) Hat Tip Paying one’s respect to somebody. hivemind The combined intelligence or common sense-of-mission of an online community. HT See “Hat Tip” IANAL = “I am not a lawyer” (and can’t give legal advice, but …) IC = “I see” IDC = “I don’t care” IDK = “I don’t know” imageboard A (social) web site which is centred around the sharing of images. K = “OK” Kewl = “cool” (see also “KK”) KK (1) “Kewl, kewl!” (2) “OK OK, I got it!” kthxbai = “OK thanks bye”, informal closing formula. L33T = “leet” (from “elite”): Trying to appear as a particular skilful hacker. Used in an ironic sense (or seriously by script kiddies). Also “1337”. “Let’s KISS!” “Let’s Keep It Simple, Stupid!” – do not over-complicate things! to leech On P2P file sharing: to download files without uploading. LMAO = “laughing my a*se off” LOL “Laughing Out Loud” Lolcat A popular meme of macro images featuring cute cats and cute sayings in LolSpeak (examples) LolSpeak Deteriogated language invented by or for Lolcats, but also used elsewhere LULZ Plural of LOL, often used in the context of practical jokes or mischief. to lurk To read messages without posting or contributing anything. “lurk moar” You probably just made a fool of yourself and are now kindly asked to spend more time to familiarise yourself with the customs in this community by reading other people’s messages. macro image An image with text overlay. Often referring to a meme. mashup A web page or application that combines data or functionality from multiple sources to create a new service (more info) meme An idea or concept that is known in a specific cultural context or subculture (see website: KnowYourMeme) MT “Modified Tweet” – A modified RT (see also CT) Newfag A newcomer to a community who doesn’t know the specific customs (see: “lurk moar”, n00b) Netiquette The core rules of social networking conventions (more info) NSFW (“Not Save For Work”) indicates that something is not suitable for viewing in a work environment. n00b =“newbe”: An unskilled or inexperienced person. NYA See: “not your army”. Nyan Cat Meme of an animated cat flying through space combined with the most annoying music ever made (see it here). Very popular! NTS = “note to self” OMG = “Oh, My God” or “Oh, My Gosh!” OP = “Original Poster”, the person who started a discussion. ORLY = “Oh, really?” (see also RLY) “Over 9000” An unspecified number, usually rather large (more info) but reportedly sometimes as low as “7”. P2P “Peer to Peer” – a network where users connect directly to each other rather than via a central server. PLZ = “pleez”, a derivation from “please” [to] PWN = “to own”, indicating dominance over another person or computer. Example: “We completely PWN’d the other team!” PWN’D or “PWNed”, see PWN. PWNIE Picture of a character from the children’s series “My little Pony” left behind on web server that has been PWNED by a h4x0r. See also Pwnie Awards. retweet Resending a tweet to your own followers (see “RT”) rickrolling Posting a misleading message to trick others into watching a video of Rick Astley’s song “never gonna give you up” (more info, the video) – For an EPIC example of rickrolling, see the Whitehouse Tweet RL “Real Life”. Example: “in RL I’m a sexy blonde”1. RLY = “really”; eg. “O RLY” = “Oh, really?”, “YS RLY!” = “Yes, really!”. Often accompanied by pictures of owls. ROFL = “Rolling On the Floor Laughing” RSS (“Really Simple Syndication”) machine-readable web format to publish regularly updated information (example), eg. for mashups RT Abbr. for “retweet”. RTFM “Read The F#*king Manual” (before asking stupid questions) Rules of the Internet Humorous collection of guidelines for how to use and what to expect on the Internet rule #xx Referring to the “Rules of the Internet”. Most likely rule #34 script kid Unskilled (usually very young) hacker that can only use prefabricated tools (“scripts”). Plural: “script kiddies”. sexting Sending each other sexually explicit messages and/or photographs. Popular with teenagers shitstorm A tsunami of outrage directed at a particular person. (→ flamewar) “When the shit hits the fan, you get a shitstorm in your face!” SNAFU “Situation Normal: All F#*ked Up” – expression of resignation over the state of things (often referring to one’s workplace). sock puppet An alternative internet identity that has been set up to give its owner additional voice and/or voting rights (more info) Streisand [effect] Attempting to remove information from the Internet draws attention to it and effectively contributes to even wider dissemination (more info) tag cloud A visual representation of the popularity of keywords or tags. tc = “take care”. TCL See: “The Cake is a Lie”. THX or TX = “thanks” Example: “THX for the cake!” TL = “timeline” tl:dr = “Too Long, Didn’t Read”, the text was too long. Also used to indicate an “executive summary” of a longer blogpost troll A person who is “trawling” for attention by posting controversial, inflammatory or irrelevant messages and who tries to provoke other users into emotional responses (more info). The pest of the Internet. troll bait A topic that is likely to attract trolls. 1 Most probably a lie! U Short form or “you” WAF = “Wife Acceptance Factor”, the likelihood that a partner will accept another gadget in the household. WTF (1) “What The F#*k!” – Ex.: “WTF have they done again?!” (2) “Worse Than Failure” – Example: “The new software is a total WTF! I want the old one back!” WIN Success. The opposite of FAIL. WoW = “World of Warcraft”, an online role-playing-game. w00t! An expression of joy or excitement. Appendix 1: Rules of the Internet This is a selection from the most commonly cited rule sets. Most rules are still disputed, except for #1, #2, #20 and of course #34:

  1. 1 Do not talk about /b/
  2. 2 Do NOT talk about /b/
  3. 3 We are Anonymous.
  4. 4 Anonymous is legion.
  5. 5 Anonymous does not forgive, Anonymous does not forget.
  6. 6 Anonymous can be a horrible, senseless, uncaring monster.
  7. 7 Anonymous is still able to deliver.
  8. 8 There are no real rules about posting.
  9. 9 There are no real rules about moderation either – enjoy your ban.
  10. 10 If you enjoy any rival sites – DON'T.
  11. 11 All your carefully picked arguments can easily be ignored.
  12. 12 Anything you say can and will be used against you.
  13. 13 Anything you say can be turned into something else – fixed.
  14. 14 Do not argue with trolls – it means that they win.
  15. 15 The harder you try the harder you will fail.
  16. 16 If you fail in epic proportions, it may just become a winning feature.
  17. 17 Every win fails eventually.
  18. 18 Everything that can be labelled can be hated.
  19. 19 The more you hate it the stronger it gets.
  20. 20 Nothing is to be taken seriously.
  21. 21 Original content is original only for a few seconds. Then it gets old.
  22. 22 Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality.
  23. 23 Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality.
  24. 24 Every repost is always a repost of a repost.
  25. 25 Relation to the original topic decreases with every single post.
  26. 26 Any topic can be easily turned into something totally unrelated.
  27. 27 Always question a person’s sexual orientation without any real reason.
  28. 28 Always question a person’s gender – just in case it’s really a man.
  29. 29 In the Internet, all girls are men and all kids are undercover FBI agents.
  30. 30 There are NO girls on the Internet.
  31. 31 TITS or GTFO – the choice is yours.
  32. 32 You must have pictures to prove your statement.
  33. 33 Lurk moar – it's never enough.
  34. 34 If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.
  35. 35 If no porn is found at the moment, it will be made.
  36. 36 There will always be some even more fucked up shit than what you just saw.
  37. 37 You can not divide by zero (just because the calculator says so).
  38. 38 No real limits of any kind apply here – not even the sky.
  39. 39 CAPSLOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL.
  40. 40 EVEN WITH CRUISE CONTROL YOU STILL HAVE TO STEER.
  41. 41 Nothing is Sacred.
  42. 42 Do not argue with a troll — it means that they win.
  43. 43 There is furry porn of it. No exceptions.
  44. 44 A cat is fine too.
  45. 45 One cat leads to another.
  46. 46 Longcat is LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG.
  47. 47 No matter what it is, it is somebody’s fetish. No exceptions.
  48. 48 The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt it.
  49. 49 Whatever it is, pie is involved in some form. No exceptions.
  50. 50 It is delicious cake. You must eat it.
  51. 51 It is a delicious trap. You must hit it.
  52. 52 Someone already did it better. No exceptions.
  53. 53 If you have time to make up new rules, you have no life.
  54. 54 You will never have sex.
  55. 55 It has been cracked and pirated. No exceptions.
  56. 56 If it's not on Google, It does not exist. No Exceptions.
  57. 57 The pool is always closed.
  58. 58 None of us is as cruel as all of us.
  59. 59 Anonymous is not your personal army.
  60. 60 What has been seen cannot be unseen.
  61. 9001 There are more than 9000. No exceptions
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