I am not a Hacker

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The term hacker seems to be enjoying great popularity, with websites like HackerNews, HackerNoon, HackerRank, recruiting events like HackerX or the all-too-familiar and ever prevalent "hackathons". It's a hacking bonanza.

I have never referred to myself a hacker and every time a go to a HackerX event or a hackathon I feel uncomfortable and out of place.

When are we going to be past this hacking tomfoolery, hacking "culture", hackers, hackathons?

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Possible "hackathon" synonyms..

  • Codathon
  • Programmathon
  • Develathon?!

Codeathon I think it's a fine term. Actually, the only "hackathon" I go to is called a codeathon and is organized by the Norwegian Red Cross.


Seeing as the term had been used for something like forty-odd years (with some slight changes in meaning), it's probably not going to go away any time soon.

Classic DEV Post from Jul 17 '19

What are you (still) not interested in learning?

I'm interested in hearing not only what you are *not* interested in learning. But if you answered the question last time, has anything changed?

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