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Media and platforms

ANSI

Coloured, text based computer art form widely used on Bulletin Board Systems.
Geek fluff: Plain text documents embedded with extended ASCII/IBM code page 437 control codes.

Database

A somewhat structured collection of data.
Geek fluff: Data stored in particular formats including spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel or databases such as MySQL.

DOS

Microsoft DOS programs.
Geek fluff: Programs that require the use of Microsoft's DOS operating system for x86 compatible CPUs.

HTML

Web pages or documents in HTML format.
Geek fluff: Text documents formatted in a mark-up language.

Image

Digital art, pixel art or photos.

Java

Java programs.
Geek fluff: Programs that require the use of Java.

Linux

Linux programs.
Geek fluff: Programs for a Linux compatible operating system.

MacOS

macOS programs.
Geek fluff: Programs for Apple's macOS & OS X operating system.

Music

Music or audio sound clips.

PCBoard

Coloured encoded text mainly used on Bulletin Board Systems.
Geek fluff: Plain text documents embedded with PCBoard control codes.

PDF

A document compiled in PDF (Portable Document Format).

Script

Scripts and interpreted programs.
Geek fluff: Programs that were created in an interpreted programming language,

Text for Amiga

Text documents and text based computer art for the Amiga.
Geek fluff: Monochrome text-based files in a Topaz2 font that use the Latin-1 character set.

Text or ASCII

Text documents and text based computer art.
Geek fluff: Monochrome text-based art and plain text files that use an ASCII compliant character set.

Video

A film, video or multimedia animation.

Windows

Microsoft Windows programs.
Geek fluff: Programs that require the use of Microsoft's Windows operating system, working on Intel-compatible CPUs.

Tags

Announcement

Public announcements by Scene groups and organisations.

ANSI tool

Programs that enable you to create and edit ANSI and ASCII art.

Apple II

Files pertaining to the Scene on the Apple II computer platform.

Atari ST

Files pertaining to the Scene on the Atari ST computer platform.

BBS

Files pertaining to the Scene operating over telephone based BBS (Bulletin Board System) systems.

Brand art or logo

Branding logos used by scene groups and organisations.

Bust or takedown

First hand accounts and third party reports on the arrest, bust or take-down of an active person in the Scene or a scene organisation.

Community drama

Used for anything political that doesn't fall into the other categories. Usually contains documents where people, groups or organisations are complaining.

Community standard

Various codes of conduct and agreements created by scene groups and organisations.

Computer tool

Miscellaneous tools including fixes, intro generators and BBS software.

Cracktro or intro

A multimedia program that is designed to promote a scene group or organisation. Otherwise known as a cracktro, crack intro or loader.

Demo program

An artistic multimedia program that is designed to promote a demo group or collective. Depending on the size and length of the piece it can also be known as an intro. Demo groups share the same lineage as the cracking scene, but they have since gone their separate ways.

Filepack

A curated bundle of scene related files stored and distributed in a compressed archive file

For sale

Adverts for commercial physical goods and online services, varying in legality.

FTP

Files pertaining to the Scene operating over Internet based FTP (File Transfer Protocol) servers.

Game hack

Trainers, dox, cheats, and walk-throughs, which include guides, how-to documents and tools to complete games.

Group role or job

Documents used by scene groups to advertise or enrol new members.

Guides and how-tos

Guides and how-to documents on how to hack and crack or on the workings of the Scene.

Interview

Conversations conducted with scene personalities.

Magazine

Reports and written articles created by scene members about the Scene.

Mainstream news

Mainstream media outlets reports on the Scene.

NFO file or scene release

A text file or readme used to describe a scene release, group or organisation.

NFO tool

Programs that enable you to create or view NFO text files.

Release proof

Evidence of the source media, usually a photo or scanned image.

Restricted

Documents created by scene groups that were often never intended to be public.

Scene software installer

A program to help an end-user install a scene release.