I recently had a comment, not really a big complaint, from a very knowledgeable and old-time member of our fraternity, that abbreviations are often used on the Forum (we are not talking about computer abbreviations like “IMHO” etc.), taking it for granted that everyone knows what they mean, when often new members or new collectors do not. He cared enough about the issue to phone me personally to discuss it. I agree with some of the comments made to me, although I would simplify it a bit. It was also mentioned to me that information that perhaps some would say is self-explanatory and is omitted in discussion, is not to some readers. These same comments apply occasionally to the Journal as well, although by and large, everyone connected with the Journal does a fine job to make the articles, etc., comprehensive.
For example, I might enter a question and ask for identification of the probably date of a headstamp from “SFM.” Well, many of us know what SFM stands for, who they were and where they were, but I am sure some readers do not. I think that the initial question or entry should identify in full these names and their general locations. I don’t think it is necessary to give a town, etc., but the country, yes! So, on the first entry, that “SFM” should read "Soci