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LOLQ stands for "Lack of Life Quotient." It is equal to the number of posts one has made in usenet in general, or in a specific newsgroup. Obviously, this measures how much lack of life one has. I am not sure where the term came from; I first heard Brucie use it. He might have invented it.
Some symptoms of high LOLQs are:
- Inability to adapt one's eyes to outdoor sunlight.
- Pale skin.
- A desire to post everybody's LOLQ once a month in the newsgroup.
- A long history of Google searches on topics asked about in a certain newsgroup.
- Eyes that have crusted over from staring at a monitor.
- The desire to learn the Dvorak keyboard layout to help one's tired fingers.
- Random misspellings, such as calm/clam and plain/plan.
- Blisters on the fingertips that type the angle brackets (if in an HTML/XML related group).
- Sleep deprivation.
- When sleep is acheived, dreams about flying over a land that looks exactly like a monitor with a newsreader window maximized.
Some people have asked why it is a quotient. Sam Hughes has a theory. "The actual value of a LOLQ is equal to the reciprocal of the posting-tally's multiplicative inverse," he says.