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sorcerer's apprentice mode

sorcerer's apprentice mode: [from Friedrich Schiller's "Der
   Zauberlehrling" via the film "Fantasia"] n. A bug in a
   protocol where, under some circumstances, the receipt of a message
   causes multiple messages to be sent, each of which, when received,
   triggers the same bug.  Used esp. of such behavior caused by
   bounce message loops in email software.  Compare
   broadcast storm, network meltdown, software
   laser, ARMM.