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Shorter HB acronym

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How about a more memorable acronym for this? perhaps: Found In Lots of Movies (FILM, or FILOM if you're being pedantic)?
david_scothern, Jun 12 2004


       it reads scribble and I know it immediately...
po, Jun 12 2004

       Well true, most of the time it reads "big scary capitals, you're in trouble mate"...
david_scothern, Jun 12 2004

       Found In Lousy Movies +
thumbwax, Jun 12 2004

       Well, "HB" seems pretty short as it is. ;)   

       Maybe it would be shorter, but it would still be an hb jargonism that wouldn't make any sense until you've looked it up or had someone explain it. The fact that it's not currently easily recognizable and mistaken for a real word actually makes it more tolerable in my mind.   

       It would seem to me to make more sense to adopt a scheme like "help#1" or somesuch to indicate a numbered reason listed in the help file, though they're not currently numbered.   

       If you want to go crazy with it and make it actually helpful, have the software recognize the format and render it as link to the appropriate section of the help file.
half, Jun 12 2004

       Don't forget the 'great idea posted by a newbie' acronym, which (because it doesn't appear anywhere except the ideas of new users) is impossible for the intended recipient to understand without the non-acronymic version being written in brackets underneath.   

       And I'm with half in the <obligatory misunderstanding of the idea title>.
RobertKidney, Jun 12 2004

       And the outside world uses WTCTTISITHWIBNIIWIAM - "Wasn't that cool, that thing I saw in the halfbakery? Wouldn't it be neat if it were in a movie?"
FarmerJohn, Jun 12 2004

phoenix, Jun 13 2004

       There is definately something we can work with. +
sartep, Jun 13 2004

       I do think that it is too long an acronym and said so in an anno on an idea,
engineer1, Jun 13 2004

       You can blame me for this one.
waugsqueke, Jun 13 2004

       < e-mails brutal beating to [waugs] >
bristolz, Jun 13 2004

       <e-mails kicking whilst down to [waugs]>

I think that you can broaden it out to include film, books, radio, plays etc and just make the call as 'Existing Fiction'. Not a very exciting or exotic tag though, I admit.
DrBob, Jun 14 2004

       WICTTISAAAITHWIBGITKI = Wasn't it cool that thing I saw as an acronym in the halfbakery? Wouldn't it be great if they kept it?   

       <kicks [waugs] in the e-mail, just because it's trendy>
Worldgineer, Jun 14 2004

       <<kicks [waugs] in the e-mail> where exactly is that, anatomically speaking? sounds painful.
po, Jun 14 2004

       I guess somewhere that has an attachment?
Worldgineer, Jun 14 2004

       and is trendy.
half, Jun 14 2004

       I always thought "[marked for deletion] literary reference" was a more elegant way of saying this.
DrCurry, Jun 14 2004

       But you're saying something different, movies not really being literature.
Worldgineer, Jun 14 2004

       You can't judge a book by its movie.
WordUp, Jun 16 2004

       perhaps we could have tinyURL to the full acronym in acronym finder.
neilp, Dec 21 2004

       Taking [half]'s idea further - surely we could halve HB into UD.
PeterSilly, Dec 21 2004

       //You can't judge a book by its movie.//
Not unless it happens to be 'Pet Semetary' by Stephen KIng. In this case you can.
gnomethang, Dec 21 2004

       The long acronym was a joke that, admittedly, has run its course. If we replace it, let's replace it with something that a first-time reader can understand. I'm sure that even if it's not an acronym, it'll be shorter.   

       What we're trying to describe is someone turning fiction they've encountered into reality. So, "existing fiction" doesn't quite cover it - it doesn't matter whether it exists in fiction unknown to the author. The point is that the poster heard it somewhere else, and wants to make it real, and that's their only original contribution to the idea - like that other thing, only for real. (Which of course still is no more real than that other thing, only, usually, not as well-written.)   

       I think "found in lots of movies" is slightly different, and probably also valid, maybe as a fictious counterpart to "widely known to exist" and a replacement for "WIBNI".   

       [PeterSilly]: Ha!
jutta, Dec 22 2004

       "Me Too" never specifies that the place you saw something be a real, existant place.
tiromancer, Dec 22 2004


       What about just "unoriginal concept?" Or, we could do it by using the archetypical WTCTTISITMWIBNIIWR source: [mfd] matrix rehashed.
Detly, Dec 22 2004


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