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 for network address
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  network address
   n.
  
      (also net address) As used by hackers, means an address on ?the? network
      (see the network; this used to include bang path addresses but now
      always implies an Internet address). Net addresses are often used in email
      text as a more concise substitute for personal names; indeed, hackers may
      come to know each other quite well by network names without ever learning
      each others' ?legal? monikers. Display of a network address (e.g. on
      business cards) used to function as an important hacker identification
      signal, like lodge pins among Masons or tie-dyed T-shirts among Grateful
      Dead fans. In the day of pervasive Internet this is less true, but you can
      still be fairly sure that anyone with a network address handwritten on his
      or her convention badge is a hacker.
  

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

  network address
  network number
  
      1. The network portion of an IP address.  For a
     class A network, the network address is the first byte of
     the IP address.  For a class B network, the network address
     is the first two bytes of the IP address.  For a class C
     network, the network address is the first three bytes of the
     IP address.  In each case, the remainder is the host
     address.  In the Internet, assigned network addresses are
     globally unique.
  
     See also subnet address, Internet Registry.
  
     2. (Or "net address") An electronic mail address on the
     network.  In the 1980s this might have been a bang path but
     now (1997) it is nearly always a domain address.  Such an
     address is essential if one wants to be to be taken seriously
     by hackers; in particular, persons or organisations that
     claim to understand, work with, sell to, or recruit from among
     hackers but *don't* display net addresses are quietly presumed
     to be clueless poseurs and mentally flushed.
  
     Hackers often put their net addresses on their business cards
     and wear them prominently in contexts where they expect to
     meet other hackers face-to-face (e.g. science-fiction
     fandom).  This is mostly functional, but is also a signal
     that one identifies with hackerdom (like lodge pins among
     Masons or tie-dyed T-shirts among Grateful Dead fans).  Net
     addresses are often used in e-mail text as a more concise
     substitute for personal names; indeed, hackers may come to
     know each other quite well by network names without ever
     learning each others' real monikers.
  
     See also sitename, domainist.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1997-05-10)
  

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