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 for ha ha only serious
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  ha ha only serious
  
  
      [from SF fandom, orig. as mutation of HHOK, ?Ha Ha Only Kidding?] A phrase
      (often seen abbreviated as HHOS) that aptly captures the flavor of much
      hacker discourse. Applied especially to parodies, absurdities, and ironic
      jokes that are both intended and perceived to contain a possibly
      disquieting amount of truth, or truths that are constructed on in-joke and
      self-parody. This lexicon contains many examples of ha-ha-only-serious in
      both form and content. Indeed, the entirety of hacker culture is often
      perceived as ha-ha-only-serious by hackers themselves; to take it either
      too lightly or too seriously marks a person as an outsider, a wannabee,
      or in larval stage. For further enlightenment on this subject, consult
      any Zen master. See also hacker humor, and koan.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  ha ha only serious
  HHOS
  
     (SF fandom, originally as mutation of HHOK, "Ha Ha Only
     Kidding") A phrase (often seen abbreviated as HHOS) that aptly
     captures the flavour of much hacker discourse.  Applied
     especially to parodies, absurdities, and ironic jokes that are
     both intended and perceived to contain a possibly disquieting
     amount of truth, or truths that are constructed on in-joke and
     self-parody.
  
     The Jargon File contains many examples of ha-ha-only-serious
     in both form and content.  Indeed, the entirety of hacker
     culture is often perceived as ha-ha-only-serious by hackers
     themselves; to take it either too lightly or too seriously
     marks a person as an outsider, a wannabee, or in larval
     stage.  For further enlightenment on this subject, consult
     any Zen master.  See also AI koan.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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