How about these:
*You refer to skaters by first name or last name only (it was rather annoying during Sochi to go back to saying (with non-hardcare fans) "the skater from Canada" or "the Japanese guy" when I'd gotten so used to referring to them as "Patrick" and "Yuzuru" here; just one example of many)
*You know what most of the abbreviations for ice dance/pairs teams are (D&W or D/W or Marlie, V&M or V/M or Voir, etc)
*You don't mind reading protocols after competitions and have figured out what everything means and now use that shorthand for jumps when posting on GS
*You know various other skating acronyms (for competitions, scoring, etc)
*You wonder, "What is Skater X up to now" and go to GS to find out, because you care deeply about what certain skaters have been up to since they retired
*You are wondering in June what Skaters X, Y, and Z will skate to next season and what their new programs will be like
*You read/watch every interview you can with your favorite skaters
*You rewatch old skating programs on YouTube or VHS tapes (yes, I still have a large skating collection of VHS tapes that I recorded from TV)
*You are a member of GS in the first place (as many others have mentioned)
You're doing a crossword puzzle. One of the clues is "Barack's opponent in 2012."
Correct answer has 4 letters. Via the other clues, you've already got the last 3, which are "ITT."
And...your first thought is: "How can Katarina run for president in the US?"
Happened to me this morning, no kidding! (Finally came to my senses & figured out that the answer was "MITT.")
^ Katarina for ISU President?
8/9 for me on skatingfan4ever's test...
As for the abbreviations, I prefer it when they are not used. I know it's handier for the person typing the comment, but it can sometimes take a long time for the reader (i.e. me!) to work out who you are talking about.
And it is going to be especially hard now, after there has been so much chopping and changing of partners...
(And it really hurts, especially when I had put so much thought and consideration into some in particular).
I'm sorry. Apart from our conversations about snooker in the football thread, I haven't visited Le Cafe for ages!
I'll have a wee peek at the acting thread now, and see if there is anything I can add. (Although I doubt there will be much, since I can never remember who people are when I am watching films! )
I posted a long list earlier today, but here's another one I'm guilty of:
I associate music with figure skating programs to the point that when I hear a piece in another context, I'll be picturing the applicable program(s) in my mind as I'm listening. Or I think to myself, "I first heard this piece because of watching figure skating." My appreciation of music was greatly enhanced by how devotedly I watched figure skating. When I saw how skaters (some at least) moved and told a story with their programs and how the music was part of that, I was hooked. Various pieces of music create certain moods and it's fascinating.
As a musician, your post delighted me. It doesn't matter how one comes to love music -- only that you get there. For me, one of the special pleasures of figure skating (and dance) is seeing a piece take shape in 3D, so to speak. I love seeing how choreographers treat pieces I grew up with and watching skaters and dancers bring them to life.
One of the best examples is Virtue/Moir's exquisite Mahler program from 2010. Watching them, my jaw hit the floor -- never in a million years would I have thought of that music for ice dance, but wow! Same for Carolina's 2014 "Ave Maria." I've never liked the piece very much but Carolina made me hear it in a different way. Now it will always remind me of her lovely skating in Sochi.
Then there was the Shibs' Michael Jackson program this year. MJ doesn't exactly float my boat either (to say the least) but the Shibs made it work for me. Anything that can actually make me listen to MJ, even for a few minutes in a skating program, is nothing short of a miracle!
It's great that we all love skating for so many reasons and bring so many different perspectives to it. Which is just one of the special pleasures of GS. All the best!
Not trying to spam the thread, but here's another one:
You remember the names of figure skating coaches (at least the high-profile ones) and recognize them when they're sitting in the kiss and cry. You participate in discussions about "Who is the best coach for Skater X." (I typically don't weigh in on such discussions, but I do recognize some of the coaches).