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Taxi Driving[edit]

Hey guys. To 'hack' or 'hacking' can also mean driving a taxi for a taxi company, especially when you don't own the taxi. I think this is seperate from hackney carriage, so I put this definition underneath it.

-- 00:37, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Unfortunately, a wikipedia disambig page is different from other wikipedia articles in that it's not a comprehensive article about the word, but an index of articles someone might have been looking for when they typed "hack". The wiktionary link is there to provide all the fine points about meanings and usages.
The usual criteria for whether to link an article in a disambig page is whether 1) someone might have been looking for that article by using that term, and 2) whether that article has information related to that term. Re the particular usage you're citing, there's no information in the taxicab article about the distinction between owning your cab and driving someone else's cab.
I don't deny that your usage has more complex meaning than merely slang for "hackney carriage", but the information you want to dismabig towards isn't there. If there was a section elaborating on driver-owners and driver-employees, I'd be a lot more comfortable with including the link. As it stands now, however, it feels like we're sending people to taxicab in search of information that isn't there.
So... Do you want to begin a section in taxicab about owner-drivers and employee-drivers? ;-)       Sanguinity 04:20, 29 October 2006 (UTC)


I think that's a spectacularly bad idea. First, there are a number of meanings to "hacking" that don't apply to "hack", and vice versa (e.g. one doesn't normally think of calling the activities of either hack writers or party hacks as hacking; and the action one does when one slashes with a machete isn't a hack), without even getting into things like Hack (television series), not to mention the use of "hack" as a noun ("clever hack") and a verb ("he started to hack because of his flu"). Second, each of these lists is long enough already; joining the two is going to produce a massive mess. We've got enough trouble already with all the subtly different meanings of "hack", "hacker" and "hacking" as they relate to technology (over the spectrium from clever tricks -> unauthorized modifications -> criminal activity), let's not make it worse, huh? Noel (talk) 23:43, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

OTOH, there is a fair bit of duplication across the two pages... Graham 00:28, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
Absolutely; there's no "perfect" solution. Yes, the duplication is not good, but the disadvantages of a merged page outweigh the disadvantages of the two separate pages. Noel (talk) 19:28, 24 July 2005 (UTC)
The best solution, IMHO, is to merge hacking into hack and to contentualize terms that are only used in the form "hacking" and not "hack". -Sean Curtin 00:56, August 30, 2005 (UTC)
Hacking, Hacker, and Hack are not all the same thing. Like a book used to steady a table or a gun used to open a door, a hack is a expression of a deep understanding of what is possible and what is not. A hacker has a fierce desire to know more about this, and understands that just because something may be meant for one thing does not mean it can not be used for another. In the computer world these skill sets manifest as the ability to code and build computers from parts, in music they manifest as the ability to restring a guitar or use a reverb to get more base. All things have hackers, just as there is a hack in all things. Tis need to be a point made in each artical, and the idea of a Hacker only being a computer thing needs to be addressed. There are music hackers too you know, and electical hackers, writing hackers. -User:Belgarath_TS

There should be no merge. The idea that hacking is primarily a computer term, is a classic POV of the type which the page Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias was created to warn against. For those in the horse riding comunity the words hack and hacking have a completly different meaning, using google:

  • about 131,000 English pages for Hacking horse site:uk.
  • about 533,000 English pages for Hacking computer site:uk.

--Philip Baird Shearer 10:44, 22 June 2006 (UTC)haki was mast in portent bicose ithical hackin fisr haking invent 1838 the date of haking haking mins

Hack as a 1915 model of the Model T Ford?[edit]

I was browsing a site for antique cars and the reference was made for a 1915 Model T "Hack". Well, the reference was NOT for a taxi but rather some sort of flat bed, pickup, closed cab type truck. It may have been some sort of farm vehicle. Is there anyone out there who can clarify what a "hack" is when used in this application? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:07, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

If citations can be found, this information would be useful to our readers in another article, which could then be linked to from this disambiguation page. — Lentower (talk) 15:22, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Colloquial use[edit]

i can't decide whether or nor it is appropriate to include the word's colloquial use as a verb meaning to cope,get by, measure up, as in 'i can hack it', or'my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved corps'. or is this more of a wiktionary entry.? input sought.Toyokuni3 (talk) 15:43, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Yup, that's for Wiktionary. Disambig pages are only for linking to articles, with minimal clarification for the reader's benefit. See Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Disambiguation pages#At the top of the page for details. —Quiddity (talk) 23:07, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

move to Hack (Disambiguation)[edit]

Well, I don't know how to move pages right now, but somebody should move Hack to Hack (Disambiguation) since this is a disambig page.
~Curiouscrab (talk) 21:38, 2 April 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by CC Scratch (talkcontribs)

Semi-protected edit request on 19 November 2016[edit] (talk) 13:47, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Cannolis (talk) 14:43, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 November 2017[edit]

change x to y (talk) 16:31, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. —KuyaBriBriTalk 16:48, 6 November 2017 (UTC)