The Student Room Glossary

  • AaSL The Ask A Section Leader forum of TSR. A place to go when you want to ask Section Leader a question. AASL is only visible to the Section Leaders and the Community Staff.
  • AtCS The Ask the Community Staff forum of TSR. A place to go when you want to ask the moderators a question. AtCT is only visible to the Community Staff. This used to be known as AtCT. 
  • Admin Short for administrator, a person who can make changes to the setup of the forum as well as user accounts. Administrators appear in bold red on the forum. They've since been renamed Community Team and then Community Staff.
  • AMA Ask Me Anything.
  • AoEI Advice on Everyday Issues forum on TSR.
  • Arcade Games Area of TSR. This has since been removed. 
  • Avatar A small picture that you choose to include in your postbit.
  • Ban An action by the moderation team to block access of an account to the site if they have too many cards.
  • BB Code Formatting in vbulletin requires specific code, which can be found here.
  • Card This is a system the moderators can use to guide your posting without having to personally PM you. Receiving too many cards leads to a temp ban. For more information, see here.
  • ChrisN Chris Newson, the owner of TSR and the Chief Executive Officer.
  • CA/Community Assistant A historic term for what we now called a Forum Helper (see FH). 
  • CS/Community Staff A paid member of staff who can make changes to the setup of the forum as well as user accounts. Community Staff members appear in bold red on the forum. As of May 2015, the Community Staff are also responsible for dealing with reports. Previously called Community Team and prior to that, Admins. 
  • D&D The Debate and Discussion forum of TSR. This has since been renamed Debate and Current Affairs.
  • D&CA The Debate and Current Affairs section of TSR. As of 2022 this includes the following sub forums: News, Educational Debate, UK Politics, Society, Philosophy, Religion, History. 
  • Dupe Short for Duplicate Account. A secondary account of an existing user. Dupe accounts are allowed so long as they do not break the forum rules and the primary account has not been banned.
  • f38 The Maths Academic Help forum of TSR.
  • FAQ The Frequently Asked Questions page of TSR.
  • F&B The Fashion & Beauty forum of TSR.
  • F&D The Food & Drink forum of TSR.
  • F&S The Faith and Spirituality forum of TSR.
  • Forum A digital space for users to communicate on the site within threads.
  • FA/Forum Assistant An old role that predates Community Assistants (now FHs). This role was in place from 2008 to 2013 (approx). 
  • FH/Forum Helper A user who has a small number of administrative moderation powers to move, merge and edit threads but not the ability to close threads or card users. Community Assistants were used in forums which require more intensive moderation, like PS Help, the MHoC and the MUN. Now, Forum Helpers have their own sections assigned to them and operate across large parts of the forums. 
  • Flaming An argument between users which results in unnecessary personal or offensive insults which detract from the actual debate.
  • Gap Year The British English term 'Gap Year' is given to a prolonged period (often, but not always, a year) taken off full-time education by a student leaving high school and (ideally) before starting college or university.
  • Gems The visual representation of "rep" (see entry for rep).
  • H&I Hobbies and Interests section of TSR. Since closed and rearranged. Forums that were in Hobbies and Interests have been realigned into Life and Style, Careers and (predominantly) Entertainment sections. 
  • H&R The Health and Relationships forum of TSR. These forums now form part of the Life and Style Section. (See L&S.)
  • Help and Announcements The Help and Announcements forums of TSR are to discuss changes, technical issues, technical glitches, history and more relating to TSR. Help and Announcements includes a main forum, the Welcome Lounge (for new users), Report a Problem, Feedback and Suggestions. The following private forums are also located here: AtCS, AaSL, FH applications forum. 
  • L&S Life and Style section of TSR. Created by merging the Health and Relationships forums with some of the Hobbies and Interests forums. As of 2022 sub forums of Life and Style are: Wellbeing Blogs, Student Deals, Animals and Pets, Relationships, AoEI (see entry), Health (inc Sexual and Mental),  Fitness, Faith & Spirituality, Food & Drink, Fashion & Beauty, Money & Finance, Travel. 
  • IBTL In before the lock. Posting in the belief that the thread will soon be closed by the moderators.
  • inb4 In before. Used to point out when something obvious is going to happen, such as 'inb4 bin' on a thread that's clearly trolling.
  • LaTeX A simple way of producing realistic mathematical formulae, used principally on the Maths and Physics forums under Academic Help. TSR uses mimeTeX, a version of LaTeX. (Example: with a few minor changes, x = [-b +/- sqrt(b^2 - 4ac)] / 2a can be rendered as .)
  • LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bi(sexual/curious), Trans(sexual/gender/vestite).
  • MEU Model European Union forum of TSR which roleplays the actual EU. Now closed. 
  • MHoC The Model House of Commons section of TSR. Now closed. 
  • Mods Moderators. Sometimes called Moderation Team or Moderation staff. This is now a team of paid staff who monitor the report queue and card users, remove or close threads. This used to be a term for the VT (see entry).
  • MUN Model United Nations forum of TSR which roleplays the actual UN. This was later rebranded as Model European Union but then closed.
  • Newbie A new member of TSR. Can be defined by join date, post count or reputation level. They usually display a lack of knowledge about the rules/workings of the site.
  • n00b See Newbie.
  • Neg Rep. Negative reputation. When this is given out, points are removed from the reputation level of the recipient. "To neg" can also be used as a verb meaning "to give negative rep to". Can also be written as -rep. This feature was removed in October 2013.
  • OP Original Poster. The user who started the thread. e.g. "I agree with what the OP says". Can also mean original post in a thread.
  • OT Off-topic.
  • Perm/Permaban Short for Permanent Ban. The permanent blocking of a user from using the site, including any duplicate accounts that they may possess or create. See Ban.
  • Perms Permissions, the range of settings that a user is or isn't able to do on their account. These are different from an ordinary user to a FH to a VT or a VSL. 
  • PM Private Message function of TSR that allows you to convey a message to people privately.
  • Pos Rep. Positive reputation. When this is given out, points are added to the reputation level of the recipient. "To pos" can also be used as a verb meaning "to give positive rep to". Can also be written as +rep.
  • Post A post is an individual comment left within a discussion thread.
  • Postbit The section of each post which contains your user information (e.g. your avatar, user title, join date).
  • Post Report The post report is the user's way of bringing inappropriate threads to the Community Team's attention. You can use the feature by clicking on the 'Report Post' button at the top right of each post.
  • Posting Tip This is a system the moderators can use to guide your posting without having to personally PM you. These won't contribute to a temp ban, and are used for minor offences, such as posting in the wrong section.
  • PPD Posts per day, an average number based on your overall number of posts divided by the number of days you've been a member of the site.
  • PS Personal Statement. This is the document you need to write when applying to universities or institutions of higher learning in the UK, to be submitted together with your UCAS application. Help on this can be received from the Personal Statement Advice forum. TSR also runs a PS Review service, see stickies in the PS Advice forum for information. 
  • PRSOM Please Rate Some Other Member. When you want to rep to someone but the server rejects your request as you are not allowed to rep the same person twice in too short a period.
  • Rep Reputation. The system whereby users evaluate each others' posts. At the bottom of each post is a thumbs up, and clicking on that gives the user positive rep. You can also give Positive Rep within a members profile, with the ability to leave a message. This is done by selecting the 'Give Rep' button within the user profile. Also used as a verb: "to rep" means "to give reputation to". More information can be found here.
  • Rep Level The amount of reputation you are in possession of.
  • Rep Power The amount of reputation you can give to another member.
  • Rep Rules Restrictions have had to be placed on reputation to limit the number of times you can give out reputation, and how often you can give reputation to the same person. Rules regarding donning and rep whoring are also in place.
  • Repflation A term for the inflation of reputation in the forum meaning that 1 rep point now is worth less now than in the past as the reputation power and reputation level of users continues to increase.
  • Report See Post Report.
  • Reputation See rep.
  • RSS "Rich Site Summary" or "Real Simple Syndication", which works on some fora of TSR. Instead of the user browsing websites for information of interest, the information is gathered by an aggregator (a program which reads RSS feeds) in an automated fashion.
  • Section A group of forums on the site. As of 2022 the sections are: Chat, L&S, Entertainment, D&CA, Study Help, Unis, Careers, Help & Announcements.
  • SL/Section Leader Volunteers who each oversee and specialise in a specific section of the site and appear in bold cyan on the forum. They are also responsible for managing FH and VT teams for each section. Used to be called Supermods. Now officially known as Volunteer Section Leaders. 
  • SH Study Help section of TSR. Including forums for each main subject discipline.  
  • Shoutbox Messaging application for subscribers to chat amongst themselves in quasi-real-time. Located in the Back Room and Chat. This feature was removed in April 2015.
  • Sig Short for signature, a little box a the bottom of your post that can display any information you wish. Examples are grades, socs information or quotes from other members. Can be hidden/shrunk. These no longer appear on thread pages but are still visible in PMs. 
  • Spam Usless off-topic or annoying posts, often consisting of a only smilie and/or a single word. Smilie only posts are not allowed outside of Chat/Forum Games.
  • Socs Societies. TSR has a number of societies, a list of which can be found here. The popularity of societies remains a mystery as the function consists of 1) a place to talk to those with similar interests 2) a small icon in your postbit.
  • ST The Support Team. This was an old term for the VT (see entry). Now, the term Support Team is used to denote all Forum Helpers, Volunteer Team and Section Leaders together. 
  • Sticky A thread that has been stuck to the top of a forum. 
  • Sub Subscription/Subscriber.
  • Sub-Forum A forum inside another forum. Examples are GCSE and A Level forums inside the Study Help forum.
  • Supermods Now called 'Section Leaders' - see description.
  • Tags When you type @ then type the username of somebody, you give them a notification when you make that post. This is called a tag. 
  • Tech Technology Forum for discussion about or problems with technology. Includes everything from Gaming to Dev.
  • Temp Ban Short for Temporary Ban. The temporary blocking of a user from using the site, including any duplicate accounts that they may possess or create. A temporary ban lasts for the duration of one week. See Ban.
  • Thread A discussion based around a certain topic, detailed in either the title, the first 'post' or both. On the forums, each discussion is refered to as a "thread", which contains one or more posts.
  • Thread Labels The coloured text which may appear beside the thread titles of certain threads when you look at the forum. These can be added by the thread starter, or by FH/VT and include labels such as "Content Warning", "No Debating" and "Contains Spoilers". Content Warning is applied to the whole site, other labels are specific to forums. 
  • Tl;Dr Too Long; Didn't Read. Indicates a thread or post was too long for the poster to deem worth reading.
  • Troll A user who posts controversial and/or offensive material (often anonymously or under a secondary username) in order to start arguments.
  • TSR The Student Room.
  • TSR News, Help and Feedback See Helper and Announcements. 
  • UCAS University and Colleges Admissions Service of the UK. Discussions on UCAS take place at the Applications & UCAS forum.
  • UKL (or UK-Learning) The old name for The Student Room.
  • Usertitle The small line of writing that appears immediately under your username. This is standard and changes when you reach certain post milestones. All users are now able to edit their own through your "edit my profile page" setting. 
  • VB Short for VBulletin which is the engine behind the forum environment used by TSR.
  • VM Visitor Message function of TSR that allows you to convey a message to another member, on their profile. These are visible to all other members. You can switch this function off. 
  • VSL. See entry for SL.
  • VT Volunteers on TSR who help to stimulate discussion and have some moderation capabilities. Appointed by the Community Staff and with duties in specific sections of TSR, VTs can close or remove threads, remove posts and ban users. They appear in bold purple on the forum, and have been renamed a number of times, from Moderators initially, to Support Team and now Volunteer Team.