Hack Value: N. Often Adduced As The Reason Or Motivation For Expending Effort Toward A Seemingly Useless Goal, The Point Being That The Accomplished Goal Is A Hack.

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:hack value: n. Often adduced as the reason or motivation for
expending effort toward a seemingly useless goal, the point being
that the accomplished goal is a hack. For example, MacLISP had
features for reading and printing Roman numerals, which were
installed purely for hack value. See {display hack} for one
method of computing hack value, but this cannot really be
explained, only experienced. As Louis Armstrong once said when
asked to explain jazz: "Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know."
(Feminists please note Fats Waller's explanation of rhythm: "Lady,
if you got to ask you ain't got it.")
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary