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Dictionary information for Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001):

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   #======= THIS IS THE JARGON FILE, VERSION 4.3.1, 29 JUN 2001 =======#
   This is the Jargon File, a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang
   illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor.
   This document (the Jargon File) is in the public domain, to be freely
   used, shared, and modified. There are (by intention) no legal restraints on
   what you can do with it, but there are traditions about its proper use to
   which many hackers are quite strongly attached. Please extend the courtesy
   of proper citation when you quote the File, ideally with a version number,
   as it will change and grow over time. (Examples of appropriate citation
   form: "Jargon File 4.3.1" or "The on-line hacker Jargon File, version
   4.3.1, 29 JUN 2001".)
   The Jargon File is a common heritage of the hacker culture. Over the
   years a number of individuals have volunteered considerable time to
   maintaining the File and been recognized by the net at large as editors of
   it. Editorial responsibilities include: to collate contributions and
   suggestions from others; to seek out corroborating information; to
   cross-reference related entries; to keep the file in a consistent format;
   and to announce and distribute updated versions periodically. Current
   volunteer editors include:
   Eric Raymond <>
   Although there is no requirement that you do so, it is considered good
   form to check with an editor before quoting the File in a published work or
   commercial product. We may have additional information that would be
   helpful to you and can assist you in framing your quote to reflect not only
   the letter of the File but its spirit as well.
   All contributions and suggestions about this file sent to a volunteer
   editor are gratefully received and will be regarded, unless otherwise
   labelled, as freely given donations for possible use as part of this
   public-domain file.
   From time to time a snapshot of this file has been polished, edited, and
   formatted for commercial publication with the cooperation of the volunteer
   editors and the hacker community at large. If you wish to have a bound
   paper copy of this file, you may find it convenient to purchase one of
   these. They often contain additional material not found in on-line
   versions. The two `authorized' editions so far are described in the
   Revision History section; there may be more in the future.

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