Philip Greenspun on the Harvard Business School’s Definition of ‘Hacking’

Someone figured out that students applying to leading business schools — including Harvard’s — could check on the status of their applications simply by truncating the URLs to the online application service used by the schools. Harvard has deemed this “hacking”, and is denying admission to those who used the trick. I deem it a crappy web application written by incompetent programmers.

Wednesday, 9 March 2005