Seems ambiguous to me. It has only been used for one question referring to tainted kernels. /oops could also be construed to mean object-oriented programming languages.

In the first case, /oops is simply a /kernel-panic and in the second, /oops would be less ambiguous as /oo-programming or /object-oriented-language (not pretty, I know).

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A kernel oops is not necessarily a kernel panic. Seems like would resolve the ambiguity you're concerned about — although I'm skeptical that people would jump to "object-oriented programming languages" (Because: what's Object Oriented Programmings supposed to mean?)

Maybe someone might use it for rm -rf /.....

  • I didn't know what a kernel oops was, and when I saw the tag I figured it could be an acronym for object-oriented programming languages. The rm -rf / reason is definitely a possibility too.
    – nopcorn
    Dec 15, 2011 at 13:43
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    Turns out there was just the one question using it. I retagged it kernel-oops and there ya go.
    – mattdm
    Dec 15, 2011 at 13:46

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