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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What is Hacker Emblem? A Universal Hacker Emblem: The Glider Emblem

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What is Hacker Emblem? A Universal Hacker Emblem: The Glider Emblem
Emblem that represents the entire hacker community
The Linux folks have their penguin and the BSDers their daemon. Perl's got a camel, FSF fans have their gnu and OSI's got an open-source logo. But there is no emblem that represents the entire hacker community. This is a proposal that we adopt one the glider pattern from the Game of Life.
What will I be saying if I display it?
When you put the glider emblem on your web page, or wear it on clothing, or display it in some other way, you are visibly associating yourself with the hacker culture. This is not quite the same thing as claiming to be a hacker yourself that is a title of honor that generally has to be conferred by others rather than self-assumed. But by using this emblem, you express sympathy with hackers' goals, hackers' values, and the hacker way of living. See the FAQs page for further discussion.
Who should not use this emblem?
If you think hacking is about breaking into other peoples' computers, those of us the emblem was invented for do not want you displaying it. Go invent your own emblem, cracker. We'll find some way to shame and reject you publicly if you mess with ours.
I used to have a prohibition against commercial use here. A number of people have argued convincingly that this is impractical and perhaps unfair. But keep it tasteful, or you will be flamed.
How can I use it?
The glider is not copyrighted or trademarked. The recommended way to use it is on a web page, with an image and a link back to either this page or direct to How To Become A Hacker. Here is a snippet of XHTML you can paste into a page.
[a href='../../hacker-emblem/'] [img src='../../hacker-emblem/glider.png' alt='hacker emblem' /][/a]
NOTE: Replace [ & ] with greater & smaller sign
It will look as below:
hacker emblem

Before composing your own variant, please read the FAQs page. Here are some of the ones I've been sent:
But what if the wrong people start using it?
A lot of people think this emblem will become worse than useless because script kiddies, crackers and wannabes will be the predominant ones to use it. Yes, that is a risk but other emblems, like the peace sign or the A-for-anarchy, that have similar risks have retained a lot of utility. If it helps, I've gotten a lot of email from people picking up on it that I know to be hard-core hackers, and I've seen almost no abuse of it.
Why from you?
Because I maintain the How To Become A Hacker document, A Brief History of Hackerdom, the Jargon File, and am more or less the hackers' resident historian/anthropologist. It's my job to think of these things, if it's anybody's.
Special Thanks to
The below variant of Hacker Emblem has been created by us. This is purely dedicated to all real hackers from India. We have also try our level best to compile the Top Indian Hackers List. We are dedicating the below Hacker Emblem to guys, names mentioned here @ Top Indian hackers list.
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