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

  spod
   n.
  
      [UK]
  
      1. A lower form of life found on talker systems and MUDs. The spod has
      few friends in RL and uses talkers instead, finding communication easier
      and preferable over the net. He has all the negative traits of the computer
      geek without having any interest in computers per se. Lacking any knowledge
      of or interest in how networks work, and considering his access a God-given
      right, he is a major irritant to sysadmins, clogging up lines in order to
      reach new MUDs, following passed-on instructions on how to sneak his way
      onto Internet (?Wow! It's in America!?) and complaining when he is not
      allowed to use busy routes. A true spod will start any conversation with ?
      Are you male or female?? (and follow it up with ?Got any good numbers/IDs/
      passwords??) and will not talk to someone physically present in the same
      terminal room until they log onto the same machine that he is using and
      enter talk mode. 2. An experienced talker user. As with the defiant
      adoption of the term geek in the mid-1990s by people who would previously
      have been stigmatized by it, the term ?spod? is now used as a mark of
      distinction by talker users who've accumulated a large amount of login
      time. Such spods tend to be very knowledgeable about talkers and talker
      coding, as well as more general hacker activites. An unusually high
      proportion of spods work in the ISP sector, a profession which allows for
      lengthy periods of login time and for under-the-desk servers, or ?spodhosts
      ?, upon which talker systems are hosted. Compare newbie, tourist, {
      weenie, twink, terminal junkie, warez d00dz.
  
      2. A backronym for ?Sole Purpose, Obtain a Degree?; according to some
      self-described spods, this term is used by indifferent students to condemn
      their harder-working fellows.
  
      3. [Glasgow University] An otherwise competent hacker who spends way too
      much time on talker systems.
  
      4. [obs.] An ordinary person; a random. This is the meaning with which
      the term was coined, but the inventor informs us he has himself accepted
      sense 1.
  

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

  spod
  
      (Great Britain) A lower form of life found on chat
     systems and MUDs.  The spod has few friends in RL and uses
     chat instead, finding communication easier and preferable over
     the net.  He has all the negative traits of the computer
     geek without having any interest in computers per se.
     Lacking any knowledge of, or interest in, how networks work,
     and considering his access a God-given right, he is a major
     irritant to sysadmins, clogging up lines in order to reach
     new MUDs, following passed-on instructions on how to sneak
     his way onto Internet ("Wow!  It's in America!") and
     complaining when he is not allowed to use busy routes.  A true
     spod will start any conversation with "Are you male or
     female?" (and follow it up with "Got any good
     numbers/IDs/passwords?") and will not talk to someone
     physically present in the same terminal room until they log
     onto the same computer that he is using and enter chat.
  
     Compare newbie, tourist, weenie, twink, terminal
     junkie, dweeb.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1998-01-18)
  

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