I've seen the convention of saying "afk&" instead of just "afk" in a few channels. I've got 2 questions:

1. Does that mean anything different than just "afk"? It doesn't seem to, but I'm reluctant to assume IRC users are typing an extra char for no reason.

2. Where does it come from? I'm assuming it's related to backgrounding linux processes, but is there more to the history?

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