Relevance of the Jargon File?

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Relevance of the Jargon File?

Post by HyperNeon on Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:04 pm
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I wasn't sure where the best place on the forums to post this was so I figured this was a safe bet.

I'm conducting research into the impact of the Jargon File on the hacker community and culture, and I was wondering if people thought this document was at all relevant anymore? The tech references contained within are largely out of date, but does the document ever still get cited for the culture/mindset/etiquette guidelines contained within? Or is this document just a deprecated reference of the past? Do you personally feel it should still be read or considered at all important?

For the uninitiated, this is the Jargon File:

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Relevance of the Jargon File?

Post by NETWORKsecurity on Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:56 am
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I am uncertain if E.S Raymond would consider infosec communities like this one part of hackerdom. He does call messing with security cracking rather than hacking. And hacking, according to him, is focused on building and quality pranking.

However if you look under headline "crackers,phreaks and lamers" what is described there would fit description of "script kiddie" , kind of person which is despised here as well.

Check out for more confusion :p

So I think whole culture changed and Jargon File didn't forsee communities where there are people who do have great knowledge of how things work but mainly focus on infosec.

As to whether it's worth reading, I don't know, I do like FAQ "how to become a hacker" and I think it's relevant. Also I am fond of unix koans available on same site :)
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