Executive Meddling: Popular discussion among the official forums by both the players and developers is that there some things that the developers want to add into the game that they can't do unless they have CBS's permission to do so, because they own the intellectual property rights to the entire Star Trek series. For example, adding Tier 5 refits of lower level ship designs. They kinda need CBS's approval before they can touch any ship class that was shown in the series, like the Constitution or Akira class ships.
Among others, KDF players are Klinks or Klanks, spiral wave disruptors are pissbeams, the Caitian Atrox Carrier is the catbus, and the Jem'hadar Attack Ship is the bugship or Jem bug.
"Rainbow boats" or some variation thereof for a noob mistake of not making your weapon types match up* Tactical consoles that boost a particular energy type provide greater increases than ones that boost a weapon type., because of the resulting beams being in all colors of the rainbow. As one guy on the forums remarked on one of these who used cannons, "every time he fired it looked like a pack of Skittles exploded."
The forums use so much shorthand for builds and abilities it's practically a second language you have to learn.
The new Obelisk carrier has also been dubbed the "Obisek" carrier, noting how close it was to the well-known Reman character of the Romulan storyline.
"Grinderversary", a derogatory name for the fourth anniversary by some because of the fact that the ship released for this event could only be obtained by grinding.
"Fake Majel" to refer to the actress who has replaced Majel Barrett in death as the Computer/Tutorial voice. The actress is Lani Minella, same person who voices Admiral T'nae.
"Tacscorts", a portmanteau of "tactical" and "escort", is exactly what it sounds like: tactical officers flying escorts heavy on tactical boff powers.
"The Great Content Drought", a span of of time from February 2011, when the "Cloaked Intentions" Featured Episodes were dropped, to December 2011, which was the release of Season Five: Call to Arms. During this time, no major content was released due to Atari's mishandling of the game and the uncertainty of PWE's buying.
"Dread-Not", "Dreadnot" or other variations refer to the Galaxy-X Dreadnought Cruiser by PVP-based players who put down the ship after its recent updating.
Zachary Quinto, a.k.a. Neo-Spock, now provides the voice for the EMH Mark VI, and will provide some narration for the tutorials.
Leonard Nimoy as the general narrator. He'll be Mr. Freakin' Spock, too. (The very first thing he says is to explain why that makes no damn sense, since the major changes he exposits happened after he left the main timeline.)
I Knew It: When Cryptic told fans that the "Sphere of Influence" mission was being held back, fans had assumed they were adding voices. When people took notice that Worf's model had been revamped to look like how he was in the series, but older, people figured that the reason had to do something with Michael Dorn.
Largely averted, mostly because the game's older content largely un-voiced, but since James Doohan had passed away well before production of the game started, a replacement voice had to be brought in for The Guardian of Forever, and his accent slips through quite often.
When the game does feature VO for established characters, the devs go out of their way to get the old actors back to help. Denise Crosby and Chase Masterson are good examples, and in season 8 Michael Dorn voiced Worf to much acclaim from the fanbase.
Majel Barret was ready, willing, and able to provide the voice for various combat notifications and alerts, but she has since passed on, and a replacement had to be brought in for the announcements at Prison Facility 4028 during "The 2800" episode. Her replacement manages to sound almost exactly like her though.
Screwed by the Lawyers: Cryptic is allowed to use anything from the TV shows and prime timeline films because CBS owns the licenses to them. However, the JJverse is off-limits (they were allowed to use the story details up until the Jellyfish and Narada left the prime timeline, since they appeared in the Countdown comic series), and anything from the Star Trek Expanded Universe has to be negotiated for. Cryptic also had to negotiate to use the Guardian of Forever at the end of the "Klingon War" storyline, since the rights to that episode belong to a different copyright holder. CBS has also put at least three ships off-limits to be used or given major upgrades, the confirmed ones being the Enterprise-J from Star Trek: Enterprise's Temporal Cold War episodes, the Constitution-refit from the filmsnote While there is a Constitution-refit ship in the game, it's only Tier 2 and CBS refuses to allow them to make a Tier-5/Fleet variant. and the Star Trek: The Original Series Warbirdnote In about the same manner as the Connie refit — the Romulan player actually starts with one, but this is Cryptic's explanation for why there is only a Tier 1 version of it.
Trolling Creator: The devs are known to be this. From causing Borg invasions during live podcasts in game, making fun of their own bugs and lots of easter eggs.
One that they had to explain because people were getting angry was about a lockbox on top of a stack of crates in the Starbase Incursion fleet event. Since the mission takes place in your own fleets starbase, the joke was about the fact that everyone had stashes of lockboxes tucked away.
Tumerboy/Tacofangs: The idea for this map had been set, but it's flavor had not been. The visuals for this map went through a few revisions on what it could be (i.e. lab, computer core, etc.), on the drawing board before it was finally decided on storage/cargo bay. Someone said to fill it with crates. With all of the lockbox debates going on, and all of the people declaring that they just collect, but never open any of them, in my mind, this is the storage bay in your starbase where everyone dumps their lockboxes. I figured every crate was filled with lockboxes. It was meant as a little nod, a wink, a joke. Perhaps in poor taste, but that's all it was meant to be. Originally I had the holo-crate in the center be a lockbox, but figured that was too blatant, so I moved it off to the side, out of the way.
Troubled Production: The game was original set to be released by Perpetual Entertainment, but while they had a lot of interesting designs, they did not have any actual code suggesting actual gameplay. Furious with the lack of progress, CBS yanked the licence and gave it to Atari and Cryptic, who was able to get it out in time before they lost the licence. However, Atari proved incredibly inept at managing an MMO and it was only when Cryptic and the game were bought up by Perfect World Entertainment that the game started flourishing.
Urban Legend of Zelda: A mysterious Twitter account has been posting mysteries and riddles for players to solve (though directed at one of the community posters). Many people suggest that it has to do with the Augment plot that was mostly dealt with in the beginning of the Federation storyline, but no one has come forward about it at this time. It should also be noted, PWE and Cryptic have said its no one in their office and recent posts have had the Community Managers biting back at them. Odds are its a Troll or worse. In the end, it turned out to be a contest with small prizes by STOked.
Word of Gay: According to a bio written by Cryptic's lead writer Kestral in Star Trek Magazine, Commander Samuel Winters, XO of the Enterprise-F, is gay. This never comes up in-game.