What does IBTL stand for?

In before the lock

In web forums, IBTL typically stands for "in before the lock." You're most likely to encounter this acronym in heated threads and discussions, which users think will be locked by a forum's mods.

What can get a thread locked?

Flame wars, trolling, and personal attacks can all lead to a thread getting locked, to prevent users from posting additional angry or hurtful comments. When other users see a lock coming, or they want to signal that a discussion's other participants are being inappropriate, they may post IBTL.


User1: Whatever, I think he's the worst candidate ever. He doesn't care about anything!
User2: Dude, you need to grow up and start to think for yourself
User3: IBTL!!!!!
Admin: Thread closed, too much ad hominem

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Updated April 5, 2022

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