I'm inclined to agree. "Hacker" is somewhat like "artist";
it is sometimes complimentary, sometimes not, depending on
how you use it. I often will identify myself as a hacker,
by which I mean that I do this stuff (primarily) for
enjoyment, and that I identify with the "hacker community".
Certainly not that I'm the baddest coder on my block.
I similarly have no problem calling myself a Perl Hacker.
"Just another Perl Hacker", though, has taken on a more
distinct connotation. While I am literally "just another
Perl hacker", I'm not sure I'm "Just another Perl Hacker",
if you take my meaning. The phrase carries some irony,
being the signatory title of one of the community's
It's a judgement call. Personally, I like to append the
title, "Boy Hacker" to my name sometimes... which has its
own pleasant irony, as it suggests youth. ;-)