understand, work with, sell to, or recruit from among

hackers but *don't* display net addresses are quietly presumed to be clueless poseurs and mentally flushed.

Hackers often put their net addresses on their business cards and wear them prominently in contexts where they expect to meet other hackers face-to-face (e.g. science-fiction fandom). This is mostly functional, but is also a signal that one identifies with hackerdom (like lodge pins among Masons or tie-dyed T-shirts among Grateful Dead fans). Net addresses are often used in e-mail text as a more concise substitute for personal names; indeed, hackers may come to know each other quite well by network names without ever learning each others' real monikers.

See also sitename, domainist.

[Jargon File]

Last updated: 1997-05-10

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See also {subnet address}, {Internet Registry}.understand, work with, sell to, or recruit from among}ed.

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