A 'New' Aspect of the Cove - A Definitions and Acronyms page?

Add a Definitions and Acronymns page?


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Wes Bucey

Consultant/Advisor
Moderator
#3
I agree with Al. Those folks at acronym finder are pretty good at updating.
When I first bookmarked them, they had 232,000 definitions. Today, the count is
The web's most comprehensive dictionary
of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
398,000+ definitions!

In lieu of our own acronym page, lets just give them a nice link from FAQ or a sticky thread in
How To in the Forums
Detailed Use Instructions - This forum contains basic information on 'How To' do things, such as Add a Poll to a Thread or an Attachment to a Post in a Thread.
 

JRKH

Involved - Posts
#4
Agree

I tend agree with the above.
A link or two would be sufficiant. Also saves on server space.

On the other hand adding an acronym page might draw more users to the site.
Sounds like a pretty major undertaking though. :mg:

James
 
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Robyn

#5
Helpful

I think it would be an incredibly helpful addition. I know the majority of the folks here are way past the basics, but a list of definitions and acronyms would be a great kindness for those of us who are trying to self-educate using this website.
 

Mike S.

An Early 'Cover'
#7
Robyn said:
I know the majority of the folks here are way past the basics, but a list of definitions and acronyms would be a great kindness for those of us who are trying to self-educate using this website.
At first I agreed with Al, Wes, etc. -- the definitions and acronymns are available elsewhere. Then, after reading Robyn's post, I got to thinking (everyone duck! :bonk: ). How many folks who come here are beginners looking to self-educate? Maybe y'all know better than I. But if it is a fair number, what can we do to better help these folks? Should we ask them (i.e. poll)? What about a beginners section? What about offering newbie "classes" or an outline of what beginners should be looking to learn to become better versed in Q knowledge?

Just some random ideas. All of us were beginners once, and IMO this discipline is one of the harder ones to get education in, so maybe we can do more to help the beginners.
 

Kevin H

Inactive Registered Visitor
#8
I've got to agree with Al and Wes that it's redundant - a google search easily turns up a couple of sites that can be used to determine the meaning of acronyms, and most of them include quality related acronyms.
 

Scott Catron

True Artisan
Super Moderator
#9
I think it would be a good addition. Sure, there's other places on the web, but enter ISO into http://www.acronymfinder.com/ and you get 40 answers (is it Industry Standards Organization (IEEE-ISTO)?), CAPA gets you 19 (Computer Aided Problem Analysis, Computer Assisted Personalized Approach or Corrective Action/Preventative Action?) SPC nets 82 (is it Software Process Control or Statistical Process Control?).

Folks with some prior knowlege can pick out what it probably is, but students or new quality people could get lost.
 

Wes Bucey

Consultant/Advisor
Moderator
#10
Kevin H said:
I've got to agree with Al and Wes that it's redundant - a google search easily turns up a couple of sites that can be used to determine the meaning of acronyms, and most of them include quality related acronyms.
Actually, I think posters ought to give a referent the first time they use an acronym in a thread (not every time within the thread, just the first time) in the form:
  • Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) or
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
to help us understand the poster didn't have a dyslexic moment to type one acronym when he meant the other.

Similarly, we Demingites can be real horse's patooties when it comes to throwing around referents like
"Red Beads"
"Funnel Experiment"
without further explanation.

Same goes with other arcane jargon that may not be on everyone else's favorite list:
  • Taguchi
  • fishbone
  • turtle
  • full factorial
  • pareto
  • Ishikawa
  • poka yoke
  • simulcrum
I wonder how many times I've seen a post I couldn't figure out simply because the jargon just wasn't decipherable. I used to write in response to querying posts (thread starters) that used such jargon:
"What do YOU mean by [arcane jargon]?
Now, I just ignore the post, unless it is in the Forum I moderate.
 
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