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What's the use or meaning of Slash _ insert word _ Slash e.g /sky/?

Asked by xTheDreamer (897points) July 17th, 2011

I’ve seen some post in forums that goes like e.g /thread so that means end of conversation or end of something if you put another word after the slash.
But there’s this other way also when someone writes /sky/ for example. What does it mean when they put a word between the slashes?

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MrItty's avatar

back in the day of plaintext only media, we’d sometimes use /this/ to mean this (that is, in Italics). Similarly, we used underscores (these things: _ ) surrounding a word to mean “underlined”. But nowadays, most forums (like here on Fluther, for example) allow you to format your text, so such things are not needed.

CWOTUS's avatar

It also represents choices in a list (without writing a list) such as the way our economy allows us to have cleaner earth / air / water than we did in the 60s / 70s / 80s.

Neurotic_David's avatar

It also may be a reference to vi, a unix text editor. When i write s/red/green/ it says instead of red, i meant to write green.

jaytkay's avatar

In HTML, the code behind this and every web page, there are items called tags, and they are paired, with an opening and closing tag. The closing tags include a slash.

This is the body of the page
This is a paragraph

So, sometimes people will use fake tags to indicate the end of something. For example, I will rant and let you know when I am done:

What is wrong with people these days?

El_Cadejo's avatar

I always figured it was an url thing like for the site address. At least thats what I assumed with 4chan and such that uses the whole /b/ and so on. Cause if you take a look at this question for example there are /‘s around your question in the url ”/whats-the-use-or-meaning-of-slash--insert-word -/”

Edit: disregard all that I didnt read the details, a failure is me :P

jaytkay's avatar

Five answers, five theories. I like this!

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