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

  hack value
   n.
  
      Often adduced as the reason or motivation for expending effort toward a
      seemingly useless goal, the point being that the accomplished goal is a
      hack. For example, MacLISP had features for reading and printing Roman
      numerals, which were installed purely for hack value. See display hack
      for one method of computing hack value, but this cannot really be
      explained, only experienced. As Louis Armstrong once said when asked to
      explain jazz: ?Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know.? (Feminists please
      note Fats Waller's explanation of rhythm: ?Lady, if you got to ask, you
      ain't got it.?)
  

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

  hack value
  
     Often adduced as the reason or motivation for expending effort
     toward a seemingly useless goal, the point being that the
     accomplished goal is a hack.  For example, MacLISP had
     features for reading and printing Roman numerals, which were
     installed purely for hack value.  See display hack for one
     method of computing hack value, but this cannot really be
     explained, only experienced.  As Louis Armstrong once said
     when asked to explain jazz: "Man, if you gotta ask you'll
     never know."  (Feminists please note Fats Waller's explanation
     of rhythm: "Lady, if you got to ask you ain't got it.")
  

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