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Internet self-classification codes.
But since this term is too long, let’s call them simply geek codes, OK?
They also used to be called signature codes due to the initial concept of inserting these codes into signature blocks when posting to newsgroups. However, this term is too ambiguous – most notably, “signature code” is another name for card verification number (CSC, CVV, etc).
So, what’s a geek code?
It is a string of (usually ASCII) symbols that describes these or those sides of a person in a compact form.
Remember how people in IRC asked each other about “a/s/l”? This stands for “age, sex, location”, and a female teenager from Germany would answer something like, “15/f/Dortmund”, while a male adult from France could describe himself as “33/m/Paris”.
Various communities, such as goths, furries, Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers fans, have developed geek codes relevant to their topic.
Some of the geek codes are adult-only (NC‑17, 18+, etc.), and we will not review them here.
Shouldn’t “Geek Code” refer to only one of the ISCCs?
Yes, technically, the Geek Code is one particular code (believed to be the progenitor of them all), but nowadays the word has become sort of… collective. For instance:
So, let’s come to the following agreement: it’s the capitalization of first letters that matters. Dragon Code is a geek code, and Geek Code is a geek code. Got it? Good.
When you say “Cat Code” or “Furry Code”, does it refer to the entire project or just someone’s text string?
Actually, it can be used in both meanings:
Usually it is clear in context.
So, where are all those codes?
They were popular in the 90s; early 2000s perhaps. Alas, now most links are broken. I’m currently crawling the Web, collecting all the information I can retrieve, searching through the Wayback Machine. As soon as the list is ready, it will be published here. Stay tuned.
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