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Contributor(s): J. R. Smith

Lamer is a term used on interactive Web sites to describe an irritating or immature participant. Among users of Internet Relay Chat ( IRC ), a lamer is someone who irritates other users by typing in all caps or iN pART cAPS, by insulting and flaming other users, by typing abbreviations for almost every word, or by performing other annoying acts in chat rooms. Some IRC channel s use bot s to monitor any "lame" behavior and kick lamers out.

Lamer is also used by cracker s and warez d00dz. Warez d00dz (that is, "wares dudes") are people who strip software of its copyright protection and then distribute the pirated software on the Internet for downloading. Warez d00dz sometimes compete to distribute the pirated software before other warez d00dz groups. People who create warez sites sometimes call them "warez sitez" and use "z" in other pluralizations. A lamer according to the warez d00dz culture is an individual who tries to distribute software that is several years old or software infected with a virus. Crackers use the term in a non-derogatory way to refer to cracker aspirants who are in the larval or beginning stage of computer cracking.

This was last updated in September 2005

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