Though crackers often call themselves `hackers', they aren't (they typically have neither significant programming ability, nor Internet expertise, nor experience with UNIX or other true multi-user systems). Their vocabulary has little overlap with hackerdom's. Nevertheless, this lexicon covers much of it so the reader will be able to understand what goes by on bulletin-board systems.
Here is a brief guide to cracker and warez d00dz usage:
* Misspell frequently. The substitutions phone => fone freak => phreak are obligatory. * Always substitute `z's for `s's. (i.e. "codes" -> "codez"). * Type random emphasis characters after a post line (i.e. "Hey Dudes!#!$#$!#!$"). * Use the emphatic `k' prefix ("k-kool", "k-rad", "k-awesome") frequently. * Abbreviate compulsively ("I got lotsa warez w/ docs"). * Substitute `0' for `o' ("r0dent", "l0zer"). * TYPE ALL IN CAPS LOCK, SO IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE YELLING ALL THE TIME.These traits are similar to those of B1FF, who originated as a parody of naive BBS users. For further discussion of the pirate-board subculture, see lamer, elite, leech, poser, cracker, and especially warez d00dz.