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[analogy with 'trufan' from SF fandom]

n. One who exemplifies the primary values of hacker culture, esp. competence and helpfulness to other hackers. A high compliment.

"He spent 6 hours helping me bring up UUCP and netnews on my FOOBAR 4000 last week -- manifestly the act of a true-hacker."

Compare demigod, oppose munchkin.