ObTrav

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ObTrav or Obligatory Traveller Comment is an obscure piece of netiquette.

Description (Specifications)

From the Jargon File version 4.4.7:

Ob-: /ob/, pref. Obligatory. A piece of netiquette acknowledging that the author has been straying from the newsgroup's charter topic. For example, if a posting in alt.sex is a response to a part of someone else's posting that has nothing particularly to do with sex, the author may append ‘ObSex’ (...or ‘Obsex’) and toss off a question or vignette about some unusual erotic act. It is considered a sign of great winnitude when one's Obs are more interesting than other people's whole postings.

In this context ObTrav implies the author of a post has wandered from the Traveller topic (...admittedly a broad subject for which almost anything can be considered on topic), and wants to return to proper subject.

History & Background (Dossier)

At one time, it was a fairly common aside comment on the TML.

References & Contributors (Sources)

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