There is an unwritten rule with most birding listserves (sometimes an actual written rule) where the use of the bird-banders 4-letter abbreviation code is forbidden. Or at the very least, only after the full name is used first. This subject hasn't been discussed here in a very long time but I agree with Rob that the use of these four-letter codes should only come after the full name has been used in the message and probably not in the subject line of the message at all. I get that is is much easier to type Northern Rough-winged Swallow in just four letters. Occasionally these codes aren't even used correctly which only adds to the confusion.
Jamie Chavez Santa Maria, CA
On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 1:25 PM Rob Hofberg <rhofberg...> wrote:
> I've been bird watching for 52 years and half the time I have no idea what > these abbreviations mean half the time. Maybe use the full name it least > once in a post, and then the rest of the time abbreviate it? > > Rob Hofberg >
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