Or is this even something that others see as being necessary?
Creating simple, unambiguous terminology is extremely important 2trout. Your thinking along these lines is definitely correct. In fact, this one area has always been regarded by us as being critical in the upcoming changes to the site. For example, clear terminology acts as the most essential building blocks of the BIABacus.
As BDI explained above, we have been working away behind the scenes on this. The, "Brewing Process and Terminology Chart," below shows some of this work.
Brewing Terminology 3.0.jpg
[If this doesn't display clearly enough please let us know whether the .pdf I have attached at the end solves the problem.]
In the chart, as far as possible, we have tried to use terminology that is self-explanatory, unambiguous and easily acronym-ed.
Over the new year's break, we'll be working full-time on a critical site re-structure and BIABacus release. If you can think of this as being like publishing a technical book, what we are aiming for over the new year is to have all the chapter headings and summaries in place as well as the critical text.
What this means is that we'll have the site re-structured and the BIABacus out but only the most critical threads and posts will have been written. For example, I strongly suspect that the, "Brewing Process and Terminology Chart," above will have no attached glossary. Our hope though is that we will be able to have enough out there so that everyone can help each other to get under way and make the most use of the many revolutionary features that have been created while we finish up on filling in the blanks.
Please feel free to ask any questions or suggest improvements on the above chart in this thread.