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 for hidden flag
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hidden flag
   n.
  
      [scientific computation] An extra option added to a routine without
      changing the calling sequence. For example, instead of adding an explicit
      input variable to instruct a routine to give extra diagnostic output, the
      programmer might just add a test for some otherwise meaningless feature of
      the existing inputs, such as a negative mass. The use of hidden flags can
      make a program very hard to debug and understand, but is all too common
      wherever programs are hacked on in a hurry.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  hidden flag
  
     (scientific computation) An extra option added to a routine
     without changing the calling sequence.  For example, instead
     of adding an explicit input variable to instruct a routine to
     give extra diagnostic output, the programmer might just add a
     test for some otherwise meaningless feature of the existing
     inputs, such as a negative mass.  The use of hidden flags can
     make a program very hard to debug and understand, but is all
     too common wherever programs are hacked in a hurry.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-11-24)
  

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