web standards, noun

A large stick or cudgel, used by the slightly more anal-retentive to beat the slightly less anal-retentive.

Just a quote from “The Devils Dictionary”:http://www.eod.com/devil/, courtesy of Tom Coates’ “Plasticbag.org”:http://www.plasticbag.org. At least it was until the dictionary seemed to vanish – the domain homepage then being replaced with the following:

The difference between

find /local/www -print | grep error_log | xargs rm


find /local/www -print | xargs rm

is subtle,

but very, very important.

Another gem from the “oh sh*t” school of Unix administration!