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definitive version is online:
for hundreds of years, until sometime in early 2003
, it __was__ at
http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/ but has now moved, breaking millions of links! Apparently [[but this
is unsubstantiated] [ESR] wanted
the owner of tuxedo.org to give it to him
, and when the owner refused, ESR moved all his content to a new domain
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are the first few paragraphs
of the introduction to the Jargon File:
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This document is a collection
of slang terms used by various subcultures of computer hackers. Though some technical material is included for background and flavor
, it is not a technical dictionary; what we describe here is
the language hackers use among themselves for fun, social communication, and technical debate.
The `hacker culture' is actually a loosely networked collection of subcultures that is nevertheless conscious of some important shared experiences, shared roots, and shared values
. It has its own myths, heroes, villains, folk epics, in-jokes, taboos, and dreams
. Because hackers as a group are particularly creative people who define themselves partly by rejection of `normal' values and working habits, it has unusually rich and conscious traditions for an intentional culture less than 40 years old
As usual with slang
, the special vocabulary
of hackers helps hold their culture together -- it helps hackers recognize each other'
s places in the community and expresses shared values and experiences
. Also as usual
, not knowing the slang (or using
it inappropriately) defines one as an outsider, a mundane, or (worst
of all in hackish vocabulary) possibly even
a suit. All human cultures use slang in this threefold way -- as a tool of communication, and of inclusion, and of exclusion
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