The Jargon File

Hacker

A Tech-God.

A hacker is not a real hacker until another hacker has called him or her a hacker.

After tricking a hacker into calling me a hacker, I discovered you are only a hacker if another hacker calls you a hacker on purpose.

Anybody who calls themselves a hacker is not.  Hacker is strictly a title bestowed upon you by others.  

Generally, people who call themselves hackers are actually script_kiddies.
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