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    I think I first read about that philosophy in the “Hacker-HOWTO” (How To Become A Hacker by Eric Steven Raymond) and adopted it ever since.

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      Link: http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html

      To be honest, I’m a bit taken aback by this document. Is it serious, a joke, or something in between? I suspect – fear – that it might be serious?

      The entire thing comes of unbelievable pompous; “heed my advice mortal, and one day you may find yourself amongst The Great Hackers”. It also enforces various stereotypes that I don’t like (or identify with) at all: hackers are socially inept, hackers don’t like sex (wut?!), hackers must like science fiction, etc. Never mind the unrelated political tangents. I’m not going to write a full critique of it here, but yikes :-/ At first I thought it was tongue-in-cheek, but esr’s Patreon page that it links has a similar pompous style, so I guess not? I really liked esr’s The Art of Unix Programming, but not a fan of this article; both the content and writing style of it.