Many of the posts here have acronyms or initialisms that befuddle me. After some time perusing other posts with the same acronym, I have been able to deduce most. However, would it bet possible to add, or is there currently a glossary of acronyms. Ones I've encounter and been able to deduce (how correctly, I don't know):

  • MWE Minimum Working Example
  • CV Curriculum Vitae
  • DOI i haven't a clue.
  • MWEB ibid.
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    The OP :) is off-topic , BTW :) the DOI is not specific acronym of TeX.SX :) (IMHO :) may be a glossary is a good idea, anyway)
    – Fran
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 20:40
  • TY OCWBW (Thank You Other Comments Would Be Welcome) Even if the acronyms are not TeX.SX (Stack eXchange, I suspect) inclusion in a glossary of terms would be helpful.
    – TommyK
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 20:52
  • The glossary might be useful for more than just TeX.SX jargon, e.g. differences between TeX, LaTeX, XeTeX, etc.; different file formats (a new user may not know what a .dvi file is); and so forth could all be useful. Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 21:45
  • DOI definition is the first item found by search engines (DuckDuckGo, Google, Bing...). Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 21:53
  • Yes, please make an overview (community wiki?) categorized in SX, TeX.SX, LaTeX, others or something like that Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 21:58
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    See Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms for a network-wide glossary, but I think it is good to have a list of TeX Stack Exchange-specific terms here. :-) Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 23:34
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    Offtopic, but MWEB is Minimal Working Example with Bibliography meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/4407 Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 9:40
  • while everybody is writing about it would be good to have one I just felt free to start with it ;-)
    – user31729
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 12:17
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    LSHMSFOAIDMT: Laughing so hard my sombrero falls off and I drop my taco. :) Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 22:44
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    This seems to be a duplicate of Dictionary: Commonly Used English Acronyms and abbreviations at TeX.SX although that question doesn't have an answer. Perhaps that one should be closed as a dup of this one (even though it's older). Commented Apr 3, 2016 at 13:28

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Here's the (start) of the glossary about TeX.SX specific terms (Well, there might be duplicates with Stack Exchange Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms, however)

This is actually no acronym, but stands for an arbitrary TeX file name to be compiled, i.e. an example file name.

  • GuIT

    The Gruppo Utilizzatori Italiani di TeX is the official group for Italian TeX users.

  • GUST

    The Polska Grupa Użytkowników Systemu TeX "was founded in 1992 to promote in Poland the use of the computer typesetting system called TeX and its companion system Metafont/Metapost for designing fonts."

  • LC

    The LaTeX Community site -- a more forum - like site about TeX & Co.

  • MWE

    A minimal working example document that shows the issue/request. This includes a compilable document (depending on the TeX flavour) and all files that are needed to compile the document.

  • MWEB

    The MWE with working bibliography file(s)

  • MNWE

    This is the Minimal Non Working Example, i.e. the full code, but that has an issue (typos, syntax errors) but should compile.

  • NTG

    The Nederlandstalige TeX Gebruikersgroep is the group for Dutch-speaking TeX users.

  • OP

    The original poster of the question (or answer) or the original post (depending on context).

  • TL

    TeX Live is a free software distribution for the TeX typesetting system that includes major TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts. TeXLive comes in major releases every year (in May or June) is often referred to as TL 2014, TL 2015, etc. Older releases are still available.

  • ToC

    The Table Of Contents

  • TUG

    The TeX Users Group, "founded in 1980 to provide an organization for people who are interested in typography and font design, and/or are users of the TeX typesetting system invented by Donald Knuth".

  • VtC

    Vote to Close (this acronym may exist on other sites as well, of course)

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    you might want to note that a "working" example doesn't actually have to "work". it just needs to be compilable, and give the same result that the question is asking about. on the other hand, a link to What makes a good MWE? might suffice rather than excess verbiage. Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 13:12
  • @barbarabeeton: Well, I had the MNWE in mind
    – user31729
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 14:09
  • i;m sure you did! but this is a glossary to help the newbie, not us old fogies who write documentation that may not get read. (i even promise to help with additions to the list as soon as the upcoming issue of tugboat has been sent to the printer.) Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 14:31
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    @barbarabeeton: This is why I made it CW ... any body can edit it
    – user31729
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 14:32
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    OP goes back a long way and isn't specific to TeX-sx, StackExchange or TeX.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 19:15
  • @JosephWright: True, but there might be users that are not active in other communities. Anyway, it's a CW, anybody can change the list
    – user31729
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 20:34
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    There's a difference between O.P. and OP?? Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 6:26
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    @Azor-Ahai: Yes, you can't edit the person who posted the question or the answer ;-)
    – user31729
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 18:45
  • @ChristianHupfer Well, there is social engineering, but at least it is not as easy to edit the person compared to their post. ;) Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 10:50
  • LC is not more forum like, it is a classical discussion forum. Has pros and cons in relation to a QA site.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 6:34
  • @Johannes_B: Please change it to the correct description then.
    – user31729
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 8:32

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