How about mentioning whatever it is in long hand first, and put the abbreviations in brackets, then you can refer to the abbreviations thereafter.
I must admit it is quite frustrating when ppl throw abbreviations around like confetti. Do they expect me to be on their wavelength or something. This especially goes when they refer to another game - although I know what SMAC is, but one game was mentioned, and I thought "What the f**k? What game is that?"
Have you ever read a book where the author uses acronyms straight away without either using them in long hand first or without a glossary? I hope not.
So, please, can we only refer to abbreviations once you have defined them, as my psychic capabilities are running low.
I'm ROTFLMAO, LOL. IMHO, this is a great thread, even if it is off-topic.
Seriously though, people who use these stupid abbreviations and acronyms are quite arrogant. They forget that not everyone on this forum has English (or even, like, American, like) as their first language.
In the name of clarity and for the greater good of all, I think abbreviations should not be used, and those that continue doing it should have their eyes poked out by a Veteran Spearman
Civ is short for Civilization.
Here is a list of other common (and somewhat less obvious) acronyms:
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AI - Artificial Intelligence: the computer player(s)
BTW - By The Way
CP - Computer Player
CTP - Call To Power, see 6.2
E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo
IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
IMHO, IMO - In My (Humble) Opinion
GOTM - Game of the Month: one website's monthly challenge
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
MGE - Multiplayer Gold Edition, see 5.1
NG - Newsgroup
OCC - One City Challenge, see 3.4
OTOH - On The Other Hand
PBEM - Play By E-Mail (form of multiplayer gaming)
ROTFL - Rolling On the Floor Laughing
"-MAO - ...My Arse Off
RTFM - Read The [Flamin'] Manual!
SMAC - Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, see 6.1
TOT - Test of Time
UCC - Ultimate Classic Collection
WoW - Wonder of the World
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
TTFN - Ta ta For Now
TTYL - Talk To You Later