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

  vadding
   /vad?ing/, n.
  
      [from VAD, a permutation of ADV (i.e., ADVENT), used to avoid a
      particular admin's continual search-and-destroy sweeps for the game] A
      leisure-time activity of certain hackers involving the covert exploration
      of the ?secret? parts of large buildings ? basements, roofs, freight
      elevators, maintenance crawlways, steam tunnels, and the like. A few go so
      far as to learn locksmithing in order to synthesize vadding keys. The verb
      is to vad (compare phreaking; see also hack, sense 9). This term dates
      from the late 1970s, before which such activity was simply called
      ?hacking?; the older usage is still prevalent at MIT.
  
      The most extreme and dangerous form of vadding is elevator rodeo, a.k.a.
      elevator surfing, a sport played by wrasslin' down a thousand-pound
      elevator car with a 3-foot piece of string, and then exploiting this
      mastery in various stimulating ways (such as elevator hopping, shaft
      exploration, rat-racing, and the ever-popular drop experiments). Kids,
      don't try this at home!
  

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

  vadding
  
      /vad'ing/ (From VAD, a permutation of ADV,
     i.e. ADVENT, used to avoid a particular admin's continual
     search-and-destroy sweeps for the game) A leisure-time
     activity of certain hackers involving the covert exploration
     of the "secret" parts of large buildings - basements, roofs,
     freight elevators, maintenance crawlways, steam tunnels, and
     the like.  A few go so far as to learn locksmithing in order
     to synthesise vadding keys.  The verb is "to vad" (compare
     phreaking; see also hack, sense 9).  This term dates from
     the late 1970s, before which such activity was simply called
     "hacking"; the older usage is still prevalent at MIT.
  
     Vadding (pronounced /vay'ding/) was also popular CMU, at
     least as early as 1986.  People who did it every night were
     called the "vaders," possibly after "elevator," which was one
     of the things they played with, or "invader," or "Darth
     Vader".  This game was usually played along with
     no-holds-barred hide-and-seek.  CMU grad students were the
     known to pry open the inner doors of elevators between floors
     to see the graffiti on the inside of the outer doors.
  
     The most extreme and dangerous form of vadding is "elevator
     rodeo", also known as "elevator surfing", a sport played by
     wrasslin' down a thousand-pound elevator car with a 3-foot
     piece of string, and then exploiting this mastery in various
     stimulating ways (such as elevator hopping, shaft exploration,
     rat-racing, and the ever-popular drop experiments).  Kids,
     don't try this at home!
  
     See also hobbit.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-01-07)
  

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