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To be "long" on a stock is to own the stock. To be "short" is to sell a stock you don't own, hoping the price will drop and you'll be able to buy the shares you just sold for cheaper than you sold them, if that makes sense.

Someone who has been "long since Jan. 2000" is simply stating that they have owned the stock in question since January. Typically people will state thier long/short positions at the end of a post on some boards to indicate what sort of a financial bias they have.
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