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(last updated 6/10/12: condensed info and did a bit of clarification)
My collection uses "simple keys": short, sweet, to-the-point, and self-explanatory (although this is just a "for-the-record"-type thing just in case you don't know). I use MM/DD/YY designations when referring to tapedates, repeat dates, or in shorthand; my listings have the dates spelled out.

Tapes and Discs (where an episode is placed)
#.X: Refers to the tape number (#) and placement on the tape (X); e.g., Tape 16.2 is the 1/30/06 episode of The Price Is Right.
D-#.X: See above, plus a "D-" to denote DVDs; e.g., Disc 16.2 (or D-16.2) is the 10/5/98 episode of The Price Is Right.

Okay, so where did this come from? (the letters that follow the tape/disc placement)
/KIN: Kinescope of the original airing, created by pointing a camera at a TV screen displaying the program. This was usually done from the 1940s-60s to show sponsors that their products were promoted properly, or for archiving purposes. These are typically monochrome, although I'm aware of color kinescopes.
/OB: The original airing, which can be from various sources in varying quality.
/RPT: A repeat airing of that episode, usually but not always applying to Summer airings.
/SM: Copy of the master tape, usually including the production slate (describing the episode number, recording date, and airdate). Episodes with slates will say "with slate" during the description.
/GSN: Repeat from Game Show Network. GSN original programming is listed as "/OB" or "/RPT", where applicable.
/USA: Repeat from USA Network. USA original programming is listed as "/OB" or "/RPT".
/TNT: Repeat from Turner Network Television.

What about the city and state following it?
"/OB", "/RPT", and "/KIN" may be followed by a set of letters, which in the listings will look like this:

[D-100.1/OB, WPDB-TV 39 {Deerfield Beach, Florida}]

This denotes the station that aired the episode in question, with the brackets denoting said station's location (if available). If more than one episode of any show is from the same station, only the first episode chronologically will have the city/state listed in it.

"/RPT" Exceptions
-Classic Concentration: The show that replaced it did so badly, the affiliates protested and NBC aired repeats for the next two years.
-People Are Funny: Reran for a year after its original run ended.
-The Price Is Right: "Classic" episodes aired after the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1998, 2000, and 2002.
-Crosswords/Temptation: Whenever they felt like it, apparently...
-Family Feud: See above, although there's an additional wrinkle: from at least 2005-08 or thereabouts, two stations I taped from aired the same two episodes (WSVN in the morning, WPEC in the afternoon), so for the purposes of my collection anything with WPEC is considered "/RPT" since, technically, it is.

But what about...? (miscellaneous)
{YT}: Available for viewing on my YouTube channel, WarioBarker88. While other episodes in my collection are also available on YouTube, this is only used for what I've uploaded.
VTR: When the episode was recorded, if available.
/KIN-SM: The kinescope is either a pilot or has something on-screen that qualifies it as a master copy (production slate, timecode, etc.).
/OB?: Might be an original broadcast, but I'm not 100% certain.
/RPT?: Might be a repeat, but I'm not 100% certain.
/SM?: Might be a master copy, but I'm not 100% certain.
The Dreaded White Line at The Bottom of The Screen: A large white skew for some duration of the show that screws up the video and usually cuts out all audio.

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