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PC for PM - confusing terminology?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by CyclingTribe, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else find it confusing that PC (personal conversation) has replaced the age-old, but familiar PM (private message)?

    On an I.T. or computing forum it could become even more confusing sending a PC about a PC!!! What does it mean if someone needs PC support?

    I know the new PM system groups messages into conversations, but couldn't we still call it Private Messaging?

    Just a thought.

    Shaun :D
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  2. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Could always call it a Personal Discussion or Private Discussion, instead. I might go in and change some phrases around for that reason.
  3. Marc

    Marc Well-Known Member

    From PM to PC to PM to PD in only 2 posts ... Can see the confusion already LOL
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There have a been a few discussions about this.

    Essentially though it's fairly simple to change it by editing a few phrases if you don't like the current terminology.
  5. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    No I don't find it confusing at all. It's a private conversation, in that you can have several different people join the discussion.

    A pm is just that - a message.

    I like the pc concept much better - including the name.
    Shelley likes this.
  6. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    PC for PM - confusing terminology?

    Personal Computer for Prime Minister ?
    huh ?
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  7. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Everything Peggy said.

    New software, a new way to describe things and title them to reflect the way they function.
  8. 3dsoft

    3dsoft Active Member

    People are used to PM and I think that most admins will stick with it. Until a minute ago, I didn't even know the meaning of "PC". xD
  9. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    You also don't appear to run an IT forum where PC means Personal Computer. Either way, we have the flexibility of the phrase system to change it to what we individually prefer.
    Peggy likes this.
  10. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Two word abbreviations no matter how they are conveyed can stand for anything. It wouldn't matter which characters are used you would always find a meaning into that abbreviation it's human nature.
  11. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    I agree. But the niche of the forum can and probably will influence that. Regardless, I'm not voting to change it or anything. As I've stated before, we have the ability to edit phrases for that :)
  12. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Yes I find it confusing, and given I have been using a similar system on IPB for 2 years, it has never really taken off calling it a PC, it is still a PM or message to most people.
  13. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

    And now you do. You learned it in a few days, so will your users.
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  14. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I think Conversations are threaded PMs :)

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  15. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Well i must admit i was confused for a while but now i am used to it :p
  16. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Well of course I don't, but then you (and just about everyone) already knew this. :) However, anyone who has owned a computer for any length of time would undoubtedly know that PC stands for personal computer. One does not need to be in the IT industry to know this.

    That said, PC is probably short for alot of phrases. So is PM - Prime minister, Precut meat (in the deli industry), and so forth.

    The point is, the phrases are easily edited in one's own acp. :)
  17. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  18. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    It's still taking me some time to get used to PC.
    PC to me is politically correct.
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  19. Jamie

    Jamie Well-Known Member

    I think with the way Kier, Mike and Ashley will take the forum industry by storm over the next 4-5 years, everyone will be calling it PC and wondering what a PM was/is. [​IMG]

    Shelley likes this.
  20. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    For me PC = Progressive Conservatives :)

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