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No. 1706

Excuse my autism, but I've noticed posters sometimes seem to mix up the following terms. I see this on other websites, too. This is understandable, since the terms are vague and not widely known.

These are subjective to some degree, but here is how I personally define them.


This is a general term for deceptive posting. It can mean the following things:

- Taking on more than one persona in a thread to make it seem like your view has wider support than it actually does. This is also called sockpuppeting. May involve replying to your own posts agreeing with yourself, or significantly changing writing style to make it seem like a different person is also giving similar positive or negative remarks. Particularly dedicated samefags may try to use a different IP address as well.

- Making multiple posts back-to-back, without obvious indication they were all made by you. This is not always deceptive, though is often annoying.

- May also apply to general false or omitted self-identification. For example, if the subject of a /pt/ thread started secretly and anonymously posting in her own thread to disagree with people or defend herself, this may also be called samefagging. There may be a better term for this, but if there is, I'm not yet aware of it.


Posting about yourself in any way, whether anonymous or self-identifying. For example: posting a picture of yourself, linking to your own profiles, giving excessive details about your life, etc. Self-posts are completely acceptable in some threads and some contexts, but they usually are frowned upon otherwise. You shouldn't try to make yourself stand out on an anonymous board. Valid spellings also include self posting and selfposting.

Vendetta / vendettafag / vendetta-posting

Posting about someone as if you are a random person who happens to dislike them, when in reality you have some sort of personal connection or grudge. Often involves samefagging. Generally has no relation to self-posting, except in cases of self-victimization. In cases where you present the chan with an implicit or explicit "call to action", to further your vendetta, this is also called a personal army (PA) request. It often involves misleading or deceptive information.

An example of a vendetta post would be arguing with a girl on social media, and later posting a thread calling her a whore. Asking people to send things to her parents, or falsely claiming she's violated some site's terms of service and requesting people report her, or including her address and phone number in the post, would be a vendetta post as well as a personal army request.

Self-victimizing / false flagging

Anonymously posting negative remarks about oneself while pretending to be other people. A rather humorous combination of self-posting, samefagging, sockpuppeting, and vendettafagging.

Other terms


Derailing means causing a thread to go dramatically off-topic, often intentionally. It does not mean merely disagreeing with the OP, others in the thread, or the premise of the thread. That kind of disagreement is perfectly on-topic. Derailing is off-topic and distracting.

Please do not send reports just because someone is taking a stance opposite to most of those who've been posting in the thread. This is not against any rules. People are allowed to disagree.

If you think there are valid alternative definitions for any of these words, please discuss them. Also feel free to submit definitions or suggestions for any other terms, acronyms, or jargon.

No. 1789

This is really cool.

No. 1793

What are robots?

No. 1794

No. 1820

What's the diff between the 32-inch waist chan with the skull on it and without the skull?

No. 1821

I mostly switch between them randomly, to add variety, but I guess the one with the skull is for more egregious cases.

No. 2006

What does "sage" mean exactly?

No. 2007

Though a lot of people read it as sage (the herb) and that's just how it's pronounced now on English-speaking boards, it is actually from the word "sageru" which means "lower." So it should really be pronounced "sah-geh." It just means to push the post down rather than allowing it to be bumped.

No. 2008

No. 2100


Derailing means causing a thread to go dramatically off-topic, often intentionally. It does not mean merely disagreeing with the OP, others in the thread, or the premise of the thread. This kind of disagreement is perfectly on-topic.

Please do not send reports just because someone is taking a stance opposite to most of those who've been posting in the thread. This is not against any rules. People are allowed to disagree.

No. 2188

wow, I didn't know that. I thought it was sage, as in the ritual, in which you burn sage (the herb) in your home to clear the bad energy.

speaking of sage. can someone tell me honestly HOW to sage? people keep yelling "learn to sage!!" then never telling anyone how to. then making fun of the people trying to figure it out. thank you.

No. 2193

Just write sage in the email field of your comment.

No. 4224

Thank you for clearing it up I had no idea I'm new.(USER HAS BEEN PUT OUT TO PASTURE)

No. 4706

I still have no understanding of what sage means….(USER HAS BEEN PUT OUT TO PASTURE)

No. 4707

Sage goes in the email field and keeps your post from bumping the topic. You use it when you have no milk to contribute. See #2 in this https://lolcow.farm/info

No. 10147

What does “been put to pasture” mean? I’m assuming a ban but for how long? Are there other terms for different lengths of bans?

No. 10841

The length of the ban varies. The wording of the redtext has nothing to do with the length. Sometimes the redtext tells what the ban is for (blogpost, nitpicking, self post, etc).

Also: Not all bans are redtexted.

No. 16540

could someone enlighten me on the stigma behind namefagging? i definitely respect the practice but i wonder why the name field exists if we are discouraged from using it. if anonymity is key then wouldn't it be better to not have a name field?

No. 19658

What does NTA mean?

No. 19659

Not The Anon

No. 19873

What does ‘‘canyon” mean in red text?
I see a lot of red text that people got banned for and I don’t know what it means and I’m familiar with the basic 4chan terms but Lolcow has its own lingo.

Also why do we call it “snow” and “pt”??

No. 19875

canyon is the implication that the poster is Canyon, a cow here.

as for pt and snow, you'll need to just lurkmoar and pick up context clues. It's not difficult if you understand the site a bit more. Keep lurking and lose the newfag status.

No. 19878

Since it took me a while to figure out pt, pt is pixyteri = famous cow and inspiration for these kind of sites, therefore the highest cow status for the worst cows. Snowflake is a cow-in-training, not a fully fledged cow, may be salvageable as a person (usually it goes downhill for them though)
w is for weeb snowflakes.

No. 21452

Specific to trans threads - TiM & TiF?

No. 21586

trans-identifying male/female

No. 21778

what does (you) mean

No. 21791

need context

No. 21805

On 4chan, when someone replies to your post, it appears (you) by the side of the number.

>>637893 (you)

So it just means you've been acknowledged.

No. 21940

what does it mean when someone says sure, jan? like i see it a lot and im never sure what jan means

No. 21942

it's a joke that came from this old clip from the brady brunch where one of the characters says 'sure jan' in a sarcastic way. it's just another way of saying 'yeah, that definitely happened, you're totally not just making shit up'. if you search sure jan brady bunch on youtube the clip will probs come up

No. 21976

thanks but is there a meaning if someone types it manually in their reply? I can't remember a specific context it sounds mocking though

No. 21997

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Usually when someone says (you) it's in response to a post they feel like is bait. It's just like, "here, here's that attention you wanted so bad". Picrel is the best example I can come up with. I'm not really an imageboard user, so I hope this answer makes sense lol

No. 22285

thanks that explains it perfectly!

No. 22544

It's a thread to keep a certain group in that others find annoying if they visit other threads. If a Manson sperg was talking about him in the vent thread, for example, someone may say, get back to your containment thread (the Marilyn Manson thread).

No. 22550

What does jannie mean? I know its referring to mods/admin, but like is it short for janitor or are they all named Jannet?

No. 22551

they're all named janet, you're right

No. 22552


No. 22553

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To be clear it's Janet after the artificial intelligence named Janet in The Good Place

No. 22598

i took a LOOOONG break from the site so i'm really out of the loop but who is the current admin of the site (if they are known)?

is there a timeline of the leadership? iirc ian(?) was the first owner, then we had a few others and iirc when i was last active null ended up buying the site? does she still own it or what?

No. 22603

Null-chan is still the current admin and working on integrating lolcow into KF but as a subdivision with a dedicated admin (hence the admin applications at the top of the page)

No. 22654

The current admin isn't known.
>when i was last active null ended up buying the site
When the fuck did that happen

No. 22658

Anon's reality in which Null was an owner of lolcow clearly merged woth ours. It's the Mandela Effect! 100% valid.

No. 22714

No. 23944

I keep getting called a nonnie/nonna on here and I don't know what that means.

No. 23945

cutesy nickname version of anon

No. 23946

What does minna mean here? I mainly see it in the /w/ board but it reminds me of the Mina/Dasha thing

No. 23950

Minna is a Japanese way of addressing a group, so it's like "everyone,", but you should report them for being weebs

Nonnie/Nonna are cutesy versions of Anonymous and the mark of a newfag. When a word turns red in a comment, it means Admins have addded it to a word filter to shame people who use it. (e.g. twitter slang like "oof" or "valid")

No. 23956

lmao stop being salty, I use nonnie and variations because it's endearing and I've been here since 2016. Stupid, ok; but not necessarily newfagish.
TERF and abusive are also redtexted and I don't think they are inherently Twitter lingo.

No. 23957

Same with the word victim lol, I guess the news media need to stop using twitter lingo

No. 23965

I never said Victim was twitter slang, I said twitter slang was an example. Victim was added during the Onision saga where everyone who ever talked to him was declared a victim by newfags. TERF was added because everyone who comes here to complain about Terfs will have a rude awakening. But keep showing off your newfaggotry, Nonnie

No. 23967

Damn so the entirety of /ot/ are newfags?

No. 23968

What's a TRA?
I know it's related with troons, but what does it stand for?

No. 23970

Trans Rights Activist. It's applied broadly to any person who devotes their life to spreading genderist propaganda.

No. 24087


A term used to describe one expressing disproportionate levels of hatred for someone, often including wishing them physical harm, usually for perceived "crimes" that they are "guilty" of.

Anthony LoGatto was A-Logging Chris when he said, "What Saddam did in the Gulf War was potatoes to what Chris has done."


No. 24102

umm.. okay?

No. 24469

>majority of /ot/ is rife with newfags
I thought this was common knowledge.

No. 24726


No. 24727

cute way of saying banned for cows

No. 24731

It means the ban reason hasn’t been specified, but the anon will know why they have been banned if they try to post again (as mods/farmhands always write a reason)

No. 24732

So does that mean that if someone got banned for infighting, if they post again, their post will have (infighting) in red or will the post that they got banned for will have (infighting) in red?

No. 24741

How do I do bold text

No. 24742

bold text

No. 24744

thanks love you

No. 24745

You put two asterisks on each side of the text, the same way you do italicized text. I think three asterisks gives you bold and italicized text.

No. 24765

it does
Like anon(s) said above, one asterisk for italics. Two for bold.

No. 24775


No. 24822

What does Gc mean? I don’t lurk on the MtF thread but I’m guessing it has something to do with that

No. 24823

Gender Critical

No. 24907


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