Sometimes misrendered as “farfromworkin”

“Vorführeffekt,” in literal German, is “presentation effect,” but it has been extended to cover a very specific situation: when the technician you’ve called in (probably at great expense) to solve your problem isn’t able to replicate the issue with your machine.

The closest English equivalent I’ve seen is “serviception,” which presumes a degree of hardware sentience: the machine can actually sense the presence of the technician, and will behave properly until such time as the technician departs or the machine is moved out of range.

(Via Laura Lemay.)

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