How to Spot a Faker

...and why you should be your authentic self.

Whether in an IRC channel, a Hacker News thread, or some other forum, you are bound to run into the "faker"--a person who inflates their competence, importance, or body of work in order to drive up their self-worth and clout. These self-aggrandizing troglodytes can be found in all walks of life, but there seems to be an influx of them into the world of computer programming riding the wave of start-ups that has emerged over the past couple of years.

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