I know that SNOT means "Studs Not On Top", but I've also seen "SNIR" used, often in the same context as SNOT, but clearly different - what does it mean?
SNIR is the abbreviation for "Studs Not In a Row" - almost self-explaining, but for more information, take a look at this small article.
[...] very useful on walls and other things. In Lego, studs (nubs, dots, etc.) are in a row, and a straight one. Using SNIR makes studs be in zigzags or diagonal lines. [...]
1I've seen pictures of a house on a beach which uses this technique with walls built entirely of 1x1 plates in various shades of grey, and in various orientations (thus not all aligned). I wish i could find it back, because the result was indeed superb Nov 2, 2011 at 15:03
6Found it: Old fishermans house near the shore, by Reinhard "Ben" Beneke, who probably pioneered the technique. Nov 2, 2011 at 15:09
1Told you. Funnily enough, I just noticed now that there's a link to it in the article of Didier Enjary mentionned in the question. It's footnote , referred to right after the word "SNIR". Nov 2, 2011 at 15:46
@Joubarc - I completely missed those footnotes :S Nov 4, 2011 at 15:27