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COM MODE (variants: COMM MODE, TALK MODE) [from the ITS feature for
linking two or more terminals together so that text typed on any is
echoed on all, providing a means of conversation among hackers] n. The
state a terminal is in when linked to another in this way. Com mode
has a special set of jargon words, used to save typing, which are not
used orally: BCNU Be seeing you. BTW By the way... BYE? Are you ready
to unlink? (This is the standard way to end a com mode conversation;
the other person types BYE to confirm, or else continues the
conversation.) CUL See you later. FOO? A greeting, also meaning R U
THERE? Often used in the case of unexpected links, meaning also
"Sorry if I butted in" (linker) or "What's up?"
(linkee). FYI For your information... GA Go ahead (used when two
people have tried to type simultaneously; this cedes the right to type
to the other). HELLOP A greeting, also meaning R U THERE? (An instance
of the "-P" convention.) MtFBWY May the Force be with you.
(From Star Wars.) NIL No (see the main entry for NIL). OBTW Oh, by the
way... R U THERE? Are you there? SEC Wait a second (sometimes written
SEC...). T Yes (see the main entry for T). TNX Thanks. TNX 1.0E6
Thanks a million (humorous). <double CRLF> When the typing party
has finished, he types two CRLF's to signal that he is done; this
leaves a blank line between individual "speeches" in the
conversation, making it easier to re-read the preceding text.
<name>: When three or more terminals are linked, each speech is
preceded by the typist's login name and a colon (or a hyphen) to
indicate who is typing. The login name often is shortened to a unique
prefix (possibly a single letter) during a very long conversation.
/\/\/\ The equivalent of a giggle. At Stanford, where the link feature
is implemented by "talk loops", the term TALK MODE is used
in place of COM MODE. Most of the above "sub-jargon" is used
at both Stanford and MIT.