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They always put up the worst HTML

Agreed. People have drawn the connection between web defacement and graffiti before, but I've always thought the web defacers should collaborate with underground artists and put some original graffiti art on sites.

I think it has become a part of the hacker culture.

In a way the ugly page represents the ugly terminal screens that the hacker was probably staring at for some time.

True - true. My dev friends always point out to me, "They're HACKERS, not designers!" Which I always got a kick out of.

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