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The Unofficial LJIdol Dictionary

LJI Ex. B, Week 2: 1337

Alt Account: 1. short for "alternative account"; 2. a contestant playing under an alias; 3. when accompanied by the phrase "two or more", a form of masochism; See Also Sooper Seekrit and Main Account (antonym)

Beta: 1. short for "beta-reader"; 2. a person who reads an entry and provides feedback prior to the writer linking the entry to the topic post; 3. as a verb, the act of beta-reading; 4. someone who's tough enough to tell you they have no idea what you're talking about, but kind enough to help you figure out how to explain it

Bye Out: to be eliminated for forgetting to post one's entry

Bye Week: 1. during full seasons, a "free" week; 2. during mini-seasons, a fond memory; 3. as "Executive Bye", rumored to be provided the first week after your own funeral

Commenting: a quick and easy way to make Autocorrect or Swype select exactly the terms you aren't looking for

Conspiracy Theory: 1. they're out to get you; 2. no, seriously, someone really is out to get you; 3. there can be only one!

Contestant-Only Vote: in which current contestants email their votes to the Evil Overlord

Distraction: see Green Room

Drop: to choose to leave the game without being voted out

Evil Overlord: 1. official kicker of hippies and foreigners; 2. the eliminator of contestants

Foreigners: anyone who doesn't live in Gary's apartment

Frank the Goat: 1. LiveJournal's mascot; 2. official nommer of comments, polls, entries, and anything else you don't want to disappear forever; 3. founder of Wire-Eaters Anonymous, and author of Just Say Nom: A Guide to Breakfasting On The Internet

Frist: 1. a triumphal cry heralding the successful posting of the initial comment to a new post, typically a Green Room; 2. a misspelling of "first" which has since taken on a meme-esque life of its own; 3. a way to become undead and eat cookies

Gatekeeper week: 1. a week in which judging of entries is done by a panel of voters, rather than through a poll; 2. a week in which there is nothing to refresh, and everything to panic about

Green Room (abbr. GR): a post for the purpose of allowing contestants to socialize between polls and topics; See Also Distraction

Home Game: 1. an entry written for the topic by someone who is not a current contestant; 2. an entry written for an extant topic that is not the one assigned to the writer

Home Game Thread: a comment thread in a Green Room for the purpose of linking Home Game entries

Immunity: a Special Power which will save someone from being eliminated during a single given week

Intersections: a collaboration between two or more contestants on their entries, usually involving a linked theme

Link In: to comment in the Topic Post with a link to your entry

Main Account: the account considered to be the contestant's primary account; See Also Alt Account (antonym)

Newbies: contestants playing for the first time; See Also Veterans (antonym)

Normal: a word that can be applied to everyone and no one at the same time

Oh Yay! Oh Noes!: when you're still in but your favorite writer isn't

The Poll: 1. an official post that marks the beginning of Unofficial Everyone-Panics time; 2. the reason that the writing on the "Refresh Page" key has worn away on most contestants' keyboards

Refresh Party: when activity in the current Green Room suddenly picks up again, due to the number of contestants online and refreshing the poll

Sacrifice: when a contestant Drops during the poll in order to fill up elimination spots and keep another contestant from being eliminated

Second Chance: during miniseasons, contestants who have been eliminated from the main game, but not eliminated entirely

Sooper Seekrit (Super Seekrit, Souper Seekrit): 1. when everyone is politely pretending they don't know who you are; 2. a term for your main account before you forget to log out of it when posting as your alt; Also Super Secret (depreciated)

Special Powers: abilities handed out randomly over the course of a season; See Also Topsy-Turvy and Immunity

Spirit of LJ Idol: a peer-selected contestant who is representative of a particular season

Topic Post (Topic Thread): 1. a place for contestants to Link In their entries; 2. a post in which comments that do not contain links shall merit deletion and/or cries of, "Get off my lawn!"

Topsy-Turvy: a Special Power which allows the poll to be flipped, so that the top of the poll is eliminated and the bottom is safe

Veterans: contestants who have participated in at least one other season of LJ Idol

Voting: the act of checking boxes and clicking a button that will either submit the boxes for tabulation or feed Frank the Goat, apparently at random

Zzzzz: 1. a sound that occurs just before you fall out of your chair while finishing an entry in the wee hours of Deadline morning; 2. the pre-cursor to any "cat-like typing" not caused by toddlers or AutoCorrect


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May. 27th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
Comments, concrit, and other forms of feedback welcome. :)

Second Chance functions a bit differently during the larger seasons, but I've included just the miniseason definition here. Likewise I've left a couple other terms that aren't relative to the miniseasons out, so as to conserve space and not take up too much reading time. :)
May. 27th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh this is so fun!

It idol's own personal dictionary. Very useful. :)
May. 28th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
May. 27th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
So, what page of Merriam-Webster can I find this on? I love 'Unofficial Everyone-Panics time'.
May. 28th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
I think it was in the Appendix -- page lji, if I remember correctly. :)

Thanks! :)
May. 27th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
YAY a leet Idol glossary!

I am a veteran this time around! I r leet too! ;)
May. 28th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Thank you -- and yes, you are! :)
May. 27th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
This is just great. A terrific source for newbies/n00bs. I wish I had had a copy of this when I was just starting out. I had to learn by osmosis over the past few seasons!
May. 28th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope it helps some of them; I tried to hit anything I remembered coming up in the GRs, and asked my betas to suggest any terms I'd missed. :)

(P.S. When in doubt, use "newbies". :) "N00bs" is insulting, so sometimes people will get upset, though honestly I've seen it used playfully between friends more often than anything else. My brothers will do that mock-insult thing and use "n00b" and sort of bump chests and make all of us laugh at them being silly. :) )
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May. 28th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
This was fun to read and very informative. For instance, I had been trying to figure out how Second Chance Idol worked, and now you've laid out everything this n00b needs to know! Thanks!
May. 29th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you -- and you're welcome! I was trying to balance funny and useful, and I'm very glad that it worked for you. :)
May. 28th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
As a newb, this was particularly useful!
May. 29th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
May. 28th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
:) This made me smile. It's pretty much my favorite piece of meta I've read in QUITE a while.
May. 29th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
May. 29th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
Gary should definitely make this part of the FAQ! :)
May. 29th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :)

(And, as usual, you have a wonderful icon for this. :) )
May. 29th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
when accompanied by the phrase "two or more", a form of masochism


this was awesome.
May. 29th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)

Lol, as someone doing an alt this round, I knew I had to put in a nod to those who try for more than one!
May. 29th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
This is awesome, and should become some type of official lore.
May. 29th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
May. 29th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
Funny AND useful!
May. 29th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
May. 29th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
This was great and should totally be linked in the FAQ.

I laughed at so many of the definitions. Just perfect.
May. 29th, 2013 07:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
May. 29th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
Love this and the definitions made me laugh too! <3
May. 29th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
May. 29th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
This is actually very helpful! All newbies should read! AW
May. 29th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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