A derogatory term used to describe a lower form of life found on talker systems and MUD. The spod has few friends IRL and uses talkers instead, finding communication easier and preferable over the Net. He or she has all the negative traits of the computer geek without having any interest in computers per se. Lacking knowledge of, or interest in, how networks work and considering access a right (rather than a privilege), spods are a major irritant to sysadmins. They clog up lines in order to reach new MUDs, follow passed-on instructions on how to sneak in, and then complain about not being allowed to use busy routes.
A true spod will start any conversation with "Are you MorF?" and follow it up with "Got any good numbers or IDs or passwords?" He or she will not talk to someone physically present in the same room until they log onto the same machine that he is using and enter talk mode.
NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon
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