= W =
1. [on BBSes] Any of a species of luser
resembling a less amusing version of B1FF that infests many
BBS systems. The typical weenie is a teenage boy with poor
social skills travelling under a grandiose handle derived from
fantasy or heavy-metal rock lyrics. Among sysops, `the weenie
problem' refers to the marginally literate and profanity-laden
flamage weenies tend to spew all over a newly-discovered BBS.
Compare spod, geek, terminal junkie, warez d00dz. 2. [Among hackers] When used with a qualifier (for
example, as in Unix weenie, VMS weenie, IBM weenie) this can
be either an insult or a term of praise, depending on context, tone
of voice, and whether or not it is applied by a person who
considers him or herself to be the same sort of weenie. Implies
that the weenie has put a major investment of time, effort, and
concentration into the area indicated; whether this is good or bad
depends on the hearer's judgment of how the speaker feels about
that area. See also bigot. 3. The semicolon character,
; (ASCII 0111011).
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.